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The Square Meal Debate

Food Future Bridport (CLS in Dorset) and Southern Roots Community Supported Agriculture

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 from 16:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

The Square Meal Debate

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Workshops and Feast 4-7pm 7 Tickets Ended Free  
Presentations and Debate 7.30-9.30pm 106 Tickets Ended Free  

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The Square MealDebate:

Why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health

The Square Meal Debate poses an urgent and serious question: how can we work together to develop a healthy food system? Healthy for everyone who eats, for the farmers and food sector workers who produce, distribute, retail and cook our food and for the countryside where food production takes place.

Did you know?

– 33% of under 18’s in the UK are overweight or obese.
– 913,138 people were provided with three days emergency food across the UK by the Trussell Trust alone in the year to March 2014.
– 75% of the protein fed to our livestock in the EU is imported.
– 25% of all UK farmers live in poverty.
– In less than 50 years we have lost over 44 million pairs of breeding birds

CLS in Dorset brings the Square Meal Debate to Dorchester to push these issues into the public eye. It challenges us to identify and do what needs to be done to provide healthy, affordable and environmentally sustainable food for all in a way that properly rewards farmers and allows the industry to thrive.

This will require leadership, political will and much greater consumer awareness of the need for sustainable diets to protect our health, the environment and the economy. Join us!

WORKSHOPS 4-7pm (doors at 3.30pm) – Facilitated workshops followed by a delicious local feast

3.30 - Doors open - registration and refreshments on arrival.  Participating organisations will be exhibiting.

4 pm Brief opening address framing the issues and themes outlined in the report under the four themes of farming, wildlife, food and public health

4.30 – 5.30 pm Workshops related to one of the Square Meal themes: Food For All, Farming, Health and Nature/ Wildlife for up to 12 people each. The purpose of these workshops is to become familiar with the facts and figures related to the relevant theme, to consider what we know locally about these issues, to imagine preferred futures, identify barriers and who needs to be involved in tackling them, to arrive at the the number one priority for action and to develop questions which can be posed to our speakers in the evening. Each workshop will be facilitated by a local expert.

6 pm7 pm   Local food feast featuring young chef Blake Ford’s “My Dorset Tagine,” the winning One Pot Challenge recipe at Bridport Food Festival this summer, cooked up with passion by the KMC in house catering team with local and sustainable produce.

Confirmed facilitators include:

Tiggy Parry (HALFF) for Health, 

Sarah Watson (Bournemouth Sustainable Food City Partnership) for Food for All

Emily Newton (Dorset Wildlife Trust) for Wildlife

Farming TBC

PRESENTATIONS 7.30 – 9.30 pm – followed by responses and a facilitated panel discussion and public questions chaired by Rebecca Knox, County Councillor for Beaminster Ward and Cabinet Member for Communities, Health &Wellbeing and Community Safety.

Introduction to the event - Linda Hull, CLS in Dorset Local Food Coordinator

Square Meal Presentation – Paul MacNamee, Parlimentary and Advocacy Officer, RSPB and Rob Percival, Policy Officer for Food and Health setting out the context and rationale for Square Meal and addressing:

  • how to move the Square Meal agenda forward
  • the relationship between local and national solutions
  • how local groups can support Square Meal (drawing on outcomes of earlier workshops)

Responses from invited local speakers:

  • from the small producers’ perspective - Rebecca Laughton, Landworkers Alliance
  • from the larger farmers’ perspective - Paul Cottington / Robert Lasseter, NFU
  • Food for All, Sarah Watson, Bournemouth Sustainable Food City partnership

9.30pm – Close

FREE event, but reserve your place at either or both events.

Further information at:

When & Where

KIngston Maurward College

DT2 8PY Dorchester
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 from 16:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

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Food Future Bridport (CLS in Dorset) and Southern Roots Community Supported Agriculture

Food Future Bridport was created by Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset, which has been working to support communities in and around Bridport and Dorchester to adapt to climate change and live more sustainably. 

Southern Roots Organics is Dorset's first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme. It runs a market garden on 2 acres of land rented from Lower Hewood Farm in West Dorset. In addition to supplying local cafes, restaurants and pubs they are now offering 25 households within 10 miles of the farm the opportunity to buy a ‘share of the harvest’ for the 2017 growing season.

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