Sustainable Food Cities Conference 2016

21/03/2016 22/03/2016

This year's conference on the 21-22 of March in Liverpool gathered 56 cities from around the UK thanks to the generosity of the University of Liverpool and the huge support offered by Liverpool Food People. 180 food activists and pioneers came together to discuss the True Cost of Food from a health, economic and environmental perspective. The event also celebrated cities’ achievements with the announcement of the second round of Sustainable Food Cities Award winners.

Sustainable Food Cities Award ceremony and dinner

Monday 21st of March

The evening included a presentation from Carl Beer, CEO of the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority who generously sponsored the event. Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Cities, then announced this year's five Sustainable Food Cities Award winners. Click on the awards below to view the applications.

See the Awards ceremony slides.

Watch Bath & North East Somerset's new film which provides a snapshot of activities taking place to support local, healthy and sustainable food across the district.

Watch Bristol's 'What does good food mean for Bristol?' video

Find out more about the Sustainable Food Cities Awards

The True Cost of Food: Who profits, who pays & what needs to change?

Tuesday 22nd of March

Through inspiring panel discussions with nationally recognised experts and brilliantly chaired by Kath Dalmeny, Coordinator at Sustain, the conference focused on three themes:

Panel 1: ‘People, corporations or policy-makers - who, ultimately, is responsible for healthy eating?’
Cathryn Higgs, Food Policy Manager at The Co-operative Food
Robin Ireland, Chief Executive of the Health Equalities Group
Dr. Liz Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Anna Taylor, Executive Director of the Food Foundation

Panel 2: ‘Is a re-localised food economy a desirable or realistic alternative to the current food system?
CJ Antal-Smith, Trading Director Ambient & BWS at The Cooperative Food
Helen Diplock, Head of Farming Strategy at Defra
Paul Mizen, Founder and Director of e-foods
Professor Kevin Morgan, Dean of Engagement at Cardiff University

Download Professor Kevin Morgan's Good Food for All report. Mentioned during the panel debate, the report was presented at the Senedd (the home of the Welsh Government) in June 2015 and calls for concerted action to promote good food across the public sector.

Panel 3: ‘Can any food system feed 9 billion people without destroying the planet’s natural capital?
Helen Browning OBE, Chief Executive of the Soil Association
David Edwards, Assistant Director of The Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit
Dr. Tara Garnett, Founder of the Food Climate Research Network
Geoff Tansey, Chair of the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty and Curator of the Food Systems Academy

See the full programme

Workshop resources

The afternoon workshop sessions gave delegates a chance to drill down into current burning issues such as the case for adopting a whole system approach to good food; multiplying holiday enrichment programmes; stimulating the local economy through sustainable food; measuring the impact of sustainable urban food strategies; and tackling obesogenic environments.

A - A whole system approach to good food through place-based, multi-setting programmes

Workshop leads:

Amanda Donnelly - Soil Association Food for Life, Ian Nutt - Soil Association Food for Life, Gaynor Scholefield - Calderdale MBC


Calderdale Integrated Multi-Setting Programme 

B - From holiday hunger to holiday enrichment - a practical workshop on setting up local programmes

Workshop leads:

Hannah Laurison - Sustain, Katie Palmer - Public Health Wales, Mel Taylor - Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency


Filling the Gap (published by the APPG on School Food) provides guidance for organisations providing holiday meals to children

Cardiff's Food and Fun programme overview and evaluation.
An article on the cost of the school holidays.

To learn more about how Good Food in Greenwich / GCDA mapped existing holiday provision in Greenwich.

C- Building skills, jobs, businesses and communities through healthy and sustainable food

Workshop leads:

Tom Andrews - Sustainable Food Cities, Sarah Watson - Sustainable Food City Partnership - Bournemouth and Poole, Jemma Hynes - FoodSync (Feeding Stockport)


A Strategy for the Food Economy, Sarah Watson, Jemma Hynes

D - Monitoring and evaluation: How to make measuring more relevant

Workshop leads:

Ana Moragues Faus - Cardiff University, Ben Messer - Food Matters, Victoria Williams - Food Matters


Find out more about the project Enhancing the Impact of Sustainable Urban Food Strategies

E - Sugar Smart Cities - Local approaches to tackle obesogenic environments.

Workshop leads:

Ben Reynolds - Sustain, Harriet Knights - Brighton and Hove, Jo Ralling - Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Robin Ireland - Health Equalities Group


Food Active: A regional healthy weight campaign, a presentation by Robin Ireland


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