Join us to discuss the future of research into food and farming

Our Food is a new initiative that aims to give people more say in the future of food and farming by becoming involved in collaborative research. We are looking for people in the North East of England who might be interested in getting involved as community-based researchers during 2012.

The conventional approach, where questions for scientific research are set exclusively by a small group of government and corporate technocrats, has denied the rest of us a chance to influence decisions about the future of food.

Our Food is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and SPEAKSoc.org.  The initiative arose from the belief that a fair and sustainable food system requires a much wider range of people being informed and involved in making decisions about the future of food and farming.  Central to these decisions is the control of the direction of research.

We are organising a series of community events in the North East to bring people together to share food and discuss the issues around research into food and farming. A delicious buffet will be prepared by Neil Le Flohic from the Settle Down Cafe, which will be followed by a talk and informal discussion. This is an opportunity to find out more about Our Food and get more involved.

The Newcastle event will happen on Saturday 21 April 2012, 1-4pm.

The event is free, but there are limited places, so if you would like to attend please email William Mortada on william@ourfood.org.uk to reserve a place, stating any dietary preferences and/or access needs.

We will be organising similar events in Durham (see Durham Feast) and Gateshead. If you are interested in attending one of these or would like to host an event in your area please get in touch.

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2 thoughts on “Join us to discuss the future of research into food and farming

  1. Any chance of having an event in the Scottish Borders ? I’m a member of Greener Melrose transition group and I’m sure we would want to help make it happen. We have a food group which is just getting going.

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