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Health Creation & Food Commons

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Claremont Project Islington

24 White Lion Street

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From land to fork – a complex web of relationships

This event’s focus is on healthier food systems and the power of communities in addressing the current imbalance in this area of health creation.

Do you know anybody who suffers from a chronic disease such as diabetes, dementia, mental health problems, respiratory diseases, autoimmune diseases or cancer? We do.

Even if none of your family or friends suffer from any of them you can imagine the devastating effect on peoples lives and the social cost of caring.

Most of disease in our life is a consequence of our dis-ease with life.

Medical science doesn't help with restoring harmonious relationships with our physical and mental wellbeing. We need to take our health into our hands. That starts with taking responsibility for the food that goes into our bodies.

We are losing sight where food comes from and how it is produced. Much of what we eat is highly processed, over packaged and transported over long distances.

Food like soil, air, water and our atmosphere is a shared resource on which life on this planet depends. It is much more than nutrition when it is understood to include a whole web of relationships - a Food Commons.

We will hear some powerful stories of existing models of health creation that serve already as a public resource. We will enquire into what has worked well so far including access to land and social prescribing and what could be even more impactful if we worked together and supported each other more intentionally. Imagine if those living examples that show what is possible in separate places all over the UK were woven together and collaborated as an integral part of our future health system.

Conversations will focus on access to land, growing and eating healthy food, the role of food as medicine, food and mental health, the distribution of food and what structures we want to create to enable more of this to flourish.

We will look at models of organising that encourage participation and enable people and communities to feel empowered.

If you are as passionate as we are about creating better health for all, then come and bring your curiosity, questions, experiences and lets start sharing and working together for results that make a difference!


Some of our presenters:

Jamie Harvie: Institute for a Sustainable Future, The Food Commons, Commons Health Network Jamie employs a systems approach to build relationships and facilitate improved human, community and ecological resilience. He will share from his lived experience, what works and what doesn't. He also coordinated the national phase out of mercury medical devices in the US.

Helen Cooke: Nutrition Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine. Kitchen on prescription project.

Alex Laird: Living Medicine: People and Plants for Health,

Anna Betz: NHS Brainfood: Using lifestyle and nutrition to address cognitive decline & dementia

Ed Rosen: Lambeth GP Food Co-op

Dan Hopewell: Bromley by Bow Centre: BBBC works with over 2,000 people each month, supports people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles. Enables people to learn new skills and to find work.

Helena Paul: Co-director of Eco-Nexus, a not-for-profit pulbic interest research orgnisation based in Oxford, Uk working in agricultural biodiversity, food sovereignty, agriculture and climate change amongst other interests.

Tim Flitcroft will present some of the work of OrganicLea, Better Before and Growing Communities.

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