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Since 2015, the Food Ethics Council has partnered with Impact Hub Kings Cross, Organico and Think.Eat.Drink for a series of ‘Food Talks’. The talks, chaired by our executive director Dan Crossley, discuss the issues surrounding the food system and their aim was to challenge how people think about food.

Food Talks

2016

The first event in the 2016 series was entitled “Waste not want not”. It took place on 10th March 2016 (6.30-9pm) at the Impact Hub Kings Cross. The event featured leading speakers including Dr David Evans, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester and author of ‘Food waste’. The discussion was chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.

People often refer to the ‘obesity epidemic’, but arguably we also have a ‘food waste epidemic’. The volumes of food wasted or lost along the chain, whether on farm or in households’ rubbish bin, are staggering. Following recent high-profile campaigns by people such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, food waste is back on the agenda in the UK. Do we really waste more food than previous generations? Where do we waste it and why? Why do we not value our food properly, so that we throw less away? What can you do about it? Join us to get to the heart of the food waste issue.

The second event in the 2016 series of Food Talks was entitled “Fishy business”. It took place on 30th June (6.30-9pm) at the Impact Hub Kings Cross. The event featured leading speakers, Steve Trent (Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Justice Foundation) and Emily Howgate (International Coordinating Director, International Pole & Line Foundation). The discussion was chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.

Fish forms an important part of a healthy diet, but many global fisheries have been overfished in recent decades – and illegal fishing is commonplace in some parts of the world. Have recent attempts to sustainably manage fisheries paid off? Will there always be ‘another fish in the sea’ for our children and grandchildren? Is fish a success story for sustainability? If not, what are the problems and answers needed? What about fish farming – aquaculture – whose growth has risen exponentially in the last decade? How should you make ethical choices about whether to eat fish and, if so, what fish to eat?

The third event in the 2016 series is entitled “Food fights and food rights”. It took place on 13th October 2016 (6.30-9pm) at the Impact Hub King’s Cross. Our speakers for this event were Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty and Patta Scott-Villiers, Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies, both leading experts on the right to food – in the UK and internationally respectively. The discussion was chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.

We looked at a range of fundamental questions. Is the right to food a fundamental human right? How do we ensure Governments fulfil their obligations around the right to food? With rising population, pressure on natural resources and the impacts of climate change, are food fights in the future inevitable? Many hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, and many hundreds of millions in the rest of the world, struggle to be able to afford to eat. Shouldn’t we all be fighting – at least figuratively - for everyone to have access to good food?

The fourth event in the 2016 series was The psychology of food: Food fads, obesity, anorexia, allergies, celebrity chefs and more. Food has never been more in the headlines: can the psychological dimension help us understand what’s going on?  

This event takes place on 8th December 2016 (6.30-9pm) at the Impact Hub King’s Cross. Our speakers for this event are Professor Barry C Smith, Director at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, and Professor Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. The discussion will be chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.

 

2015

The first talk, entitled Sustainable Food Uncovered, took place on 26th March 2015 and featured a discussion between Professor Tim Benton (University of Leeds and UK Champion for Global Food Security) and Aniol Esteban (Head of Environmental Economics from the New Economics Foundation). Aniol wrote a blog for the Food Ethics Council about both this and the second topic in our series: ‘Is the price right?

The second talk was entitled “How much should we pay for our food?” It took place on 25th June 2015 and featured leading speakers, Professor Martin Caraher (Professor of food and health Policy, City University, London) and Richie Hardwicke (Head of Corporate Services, EMEA at Trucost and expert in true cost accounting). 

The third talk, on September 24th 2015 was called ‘What problems are GM food and feed trying to solve?’ It featured leading speakers Dr Michael Anthoniou (Reader in Molecular Genetics, King’s College, London) and Hilary Sutcliffe (Director of MATTER). Hilary wrote a blog on our website about ‘cognitive bias’ which was prompted by our talk. It makes for some thought-provoking reading! 

The final talk, ‘Meat matters’, was held on December 10th 2015. The event featured leading speakers, Philip Lymbery (Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and co-author of ‘Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat’) and Dr Tara Garnett (Founder of the Food Climate Research Network and winner of the 2015 Premio Daniel Carasso global food prize).