Food For a Greener Future 2014

A fantastic turn out for the Food For a Greener Future Conference on 8th February

Nearly 130 people came together on Saturday 8th February to learn more, contribute ideas and meet others with a shared interest in sustainable food - an exciting, vibrant, lively day! The conference began with a comprehensive and very informative overview of sustainable food given by Jess Haliday from City University. Dan Iles, from the World Development Movement continued with a look at the implications of control of the global food system, and the impact on poorer communities in the world. Duncan Williamson, from WWF, continued the theme, looking at the environmental and health impact of our current diet and an explanation of the EU Livewell project.

The different workshops, including Marie-Ann Ha of ARU on the scandal of food waste, Tine Roche of the Cambridge Cookery School on February food, Julian Cottee of Landshare Oxford on Food Footprints and Ann Mitchell on making the most of meat gave an opportunity to find out about more specific aspects of our food system, while presentations by stallholders at the event showcased a range of local producers and offered a chance to find out more about local practical projects and activities.

Sandra Boegelein, from The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, stood in at the last minute as Mike Small from the Fife Diet was unable to be there. She gave an inspirational talk on taking the next steps towards making changes in our own lives towards a more sustainable diet. A key theme emerging from the day is that our food system is complex and global, dominated by a few enormous companies, and inter-related, with different aspects inter-connected and inter-dependent, but individuals, groups and communities working together can create change for the better.

A delicious locally sourced lunch was served in the middle of the day, and there was lots of lively discussion about food!

The conference also saw the launch of Cambridge Sustainable Food City, a network of 30 different public, private and third sector organisations passionate about promoting sustainable food in Cambridge. Bev Sedley explained that the group has just been accepted as a member of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network, announced the launch of a consultation on the Cambridge Sustainable Food Charter, and invited people to join the network.

The day was packed with information, inspiration and practical advice on choices we can make how we can get involved with activities to promote sustainable, local and seasonal food.

The organisers, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge, are already planning to harness the energy and enthusiasm generated by the conference to develop further Food For a Greener Future events, so keep a look out for further activities!

A delicious local lunch

The CamBake stall

Stallholders at the conference