Food and our Future in the West Midlands
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bookings for the event are now closed.
A discussion on how food supply and demand will affect our future lives in the region
Why are we seeing a growth in the number of food banks and the numbers who depend upon them across the West Midlands region at the same time as we face a growing obesity epidemic, much of it within our younger population? What do we actually know about the extent of these issues and their causes? What can we do locally to mitigate negative consequences and what local, national and international trends do we have to consider in the short, medium and long term?
These are questions that will be addressed at the first event of a joint initiative to stimulate debate on the importance of issues related to food to the future of the West Midlands region, its people and its businesses.
Developments in the production, distribution and consumption of food will have profound consequences for our future lives. As well as the food poverty, access and health issues, they also impact on our environment, on climate change (and vice-versa) and on our confidence that we know what we are eating. Food businesses also have an important role in our local economy.
As citizens and in our work lives we need to develop our understanding of the international, national and local dynamics of food supply and demand, of the infrastructure of food production and distribution, and of our ability to access food to enable healthy lifestyles. We need to debate the impact of these on our current and future lives, and agree what action is needed by whom to offset negative impacts and encourage positive ones.
· Chris Mould, Executive Chairman of the Trussell Trust that operates almost 400 food banks across the country.
· Adrian Phillips, Director of Public Health, Birmingham
· Professor Liz Dowler, Professor of Food and Social Policy at Warwick University and a trustee of the Food Ethics Council
Ar Arrival time 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Refreshments on arrival. Contribution to refreshments will be welcome on the evening.
The Lunar Society
Today's Lunar Society has several hundred members and includes leading practitioners from all walks of life in Birmingham and the wider region.