SFC Conference 2017

All resources from this year’s annual Conference ‘Food Futures: Building a Good Food Movement for the 21st Century’  held on the 12th-13th June in Edinburgh are available on the SFC website: http://sustainablefoodcities.org/about/sfcconference2017

View the conference programme

This includes:

News of our Letter to George Eustice asking for the work of local food partnerships to be recognised in Government policy making: http://sustainablefoodcities.org/newsevents/news/articleid/784/sustainable-food-cities-partnerships-address-letter-to-government-for-recognition-of-their-work

The great blog written by Ben Reynolds at Sustain following the conference, reflecting on the coming of age of a movement.

Food Coordinator Appointed

On 24th of May, three very strong candidates were interviewed for the post of Food Coordinator, funded by Sustainable Food Cities and University of Leeds N8 Agrifood Group. All three candidates had a great deal to offer and it would have been perfect if we could have hired all three, but we’re delighted to announce that the successful candidate was current Feed Leeds Chair; Sonja Woodcock.

This is a major milestone in a journey that started at the very first Feeds Leeds meeting in 2012, was driven forward initially by Dr Chiara Tornaghi, then by Andy Goldring, Nigel Jones, Tom Bliss, Professor Les Firbank and above all Sonja herself – so this is a fitting reward for some very hard work on her part over the past 18 months. Sonja will start working 2.5 days per week at the beginning of July, and will be based at Zest Health for Life – soon to be housed in the old Fire Station in Gipton.

One of Sonja’s early tasks will be to complete the evolution of the Leeds Food Partnership into a fully independent organisation, of which Feed Leeds will be but one member (the one that represents food growers and those with related activities), rather than the host. She will also begin to develop the Partnership. If you would like to become a Partner, please start by joining our Linkedin Group

The Great Food Conundrum: Health vs Sustainability

The next Think Tank is on the 2nd of May at 6pm. The seminar is free – but please book

Main presentation and debate with Dr Christian Reynolds, University of Sheffield

Food that’s good for us is often bad for the planet, but food that’s local and ‘green’ may not provide an adequate diet. Add the issues of cost and taste and you soon have a major challenge

Christian Reynolds is a Research Fellow (N8 AgriFood project) at the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, and an adjunct Research Fellow at the Barbara Hardy Institute for Sustainable Environments and Technologies, University of South Australia. Christian’s research examines the economic and environmental impacts of food consumption; with focus upon sustainable, healthy and affordable diets; food waste; and the political power of food in international relations

Come and share your concerns, ideas, suggestions and experience


Leeds Local Food Infrastructure: Progress Towards a Strategic Approach

Leeds Food Partnership Steering Group

Location: Maurice Keyworth LT, UoL Business School (old Grammar School) At the Junction of Clarendon Rd with Moorland Rd Leeds LS6 1AN

With a stall to meet: https://www.agrifoodinnov.com/