The webinar considered how local food systems are about much more than just local food. It explored how our local food systems have far-reaching consequences on our health and the environment, as well as social and economic wellbeing.
Local authorities, businesses and communities have the power to influence the sustainability and fairness of our food systems through their buying power, decision-making processes and community engagement.
The talks highlighted how N8 AgriFood research is focusing on local action and policy making in order to tackle global problems. The session was chaired by Ben Reynolds, Deputy Chief Executive of Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming.
The speakers considered various aspects of local food systems, from the role of institutional procurement, to responding to the climate emergency. In addition, the webinar examined the civic role our universities should play in supporting local communities to realise a shared vision for the places we live.
- Dr Rachel Marshall, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University – Procuring food for the future: Using public money to grow local social and environmental resilience
- Dr Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow, University of Leeds – Enabling a climate-resilient food system in Leeds
- James Coe, Senior Policy Advisor, University of Liverpool – The Civic University: Building engagement across policy and community
- Gina Dowding, Lancaster City Councillor, Lancashire County Councillor and former Green MEP for the North West (July 2019 – January 2020) – From policy to practice: How can researchers engage and inform policymakers