Being the essential condition for humans to survive, food has become the priority for national governments and global markets.
However, the global food system faces more demand for food than is being produced, while waste and pollution threatens food safety. In this workshop a group of social science researchers and food practitioners presented alternative solutions to the standard models of food production and consumption, which illustrated how local, national and international initiatives respond to the demand for food security.
While showcasing their projects, the presenters discussed the issues of healthy life, social cohesion, responsible business models and environmental sustainability and how they relate directly to food security, healthy community and shared profits.
The programme was inspired by successful community-oriented business models, such as social enterprise, community of interest and cooperatives, which put social and educational benefits first and also know how to generate economic income to support their values. There were case studies presented on each model and training offered on the evaluation of change and building cooperative structures. The group of presenters engaged the audience with interactive delivery and mini lectures on current market transformation, food security and ethical production and consumption.
09:00-09:30 - Registration and breakfast - Knowing each other
09:30-09:50 - Introduction by Dr Marta Hawkins and Councillor Chris Penberthy. Overview of the current conditions of the market: what do consumers want and what does the planet need today?
09:50-10:20 - Presentation on the University project: Grow. Share. Cook and Thrive Plymouth (Dr Clare Pettinger)
10:20-10:40 - Presentation on the University project: Plant Factory Cornwall (Dr Hail Rihan)
10:40-11:20 - Case studies
- Presentation - Tamar Grow Local
- Presentation - From hunter gatherers to secure food suppliers in South East Cornwall (Dr Dave Carter)
11:20-11:40 - Coffee break
11:40-12:40 - How cooperatives and P2P platforms produce and consume food and make profit: challenges and successes. International overview/Q&A (lecture: Dr Katarzyna Gajewska)
12:40-12:50 - Break
12:50-13:30 - Interactive presentations from the organisers
- Presentation - Millfields Grow Stonehouse
- Presentation - Food Plymouth
13:30-14:30 - Networking lunch
14:30-14:40 - Closing remarks