Talking with BBC Radio Sheffield about #JustFood19, Social Eating, Surplus Food and Other Cool Things.

This morning I was on @BBCSheffield breakfast show with Kat Cowan talking about our upcoming #JustFood19 conference, but also Social Eating, Food surplus, and Food Futures. If you would like to listen,  the interview starts at about minute 17.   If you would like to attend the open events, here is the detail.  Continue reading

Living with that oxymoron of being a Dyslexic-Academic and getting help with it.

As an academic, it can be difficult declaring and getting support for a specific learning disability. Here is what I’ve learned so far that helps or that I wish I had known. Continue reading

Enabling people to “Freeze the moment” through food engaged support

I was recently invited to participate in an impact report launch for a charity organization.  This organisation works with food producers and supermarkets to help people in low income areas cope with and adapt to the challenges that they face. It also helps those communities transition into places where people want to live, raise children and grow old. Central to that organization’s work is the idea that people and communities have assets that with a little help can be mobilized to achieve these ends and that food facilitates this. Here is the broad text of my talk. I believe that adopting an approach that supports people and communities to be able to recognize what they already have is key toward moving beyond longer term transformation.

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Food is not waste, until it is wasted

Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs

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Megan Blake, University of Sheffield

The volume of edible food that is wasted is staggering. In 2017, the UN estimated that almost a third of all food that is produced is discarded. Edible food makes up approximately 1.3 gigatonnes of this (one gigatonne is a billion tonnes). For comparison, one tonne of wasted food is about the equivalent of 127 large plastic bin bags. This not only represents a phenomenal loss in terms of food that could feed people, but also a loss in resources such as water, labour power, soil nutrients, transportation energy and so forth. Continue reading

Final report: Feeding Affordances and Decent Helpings

I am sharing here the final report for that I have written for a project that I did with Doncaster Council Public Health. The research with Doncaster examined some of the ways that community organizations help to support household and community food related resilience as well as considering how to build on the potential for local authority and third sector collaboration.

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Invitation: Event to remember the Gatumba Massacre 12 Aug 2017

I am forwarding this on behalf of a friend who is part of this community. All are welcome and it should prove to be an interesting event. You may remember the film hotel Rwanda? The Banyamulenge are largely Tutsi. This event is not to commemorate the events of the film, but another event resulting is mass, targeted deaths of the group in Burundi.   Please feel free to share.
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