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The Sustainable Food City Network

Gather is delighted to showcase a series of case studies from the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network highlighting some of the innovative and exciting initiatives being taken forward by the Network.
The Sustainable Food City Network

The Sustainable Food City Network has 44 member places across the UK which work on ways to improve food based sustainability – including food waste/ food access/food economy/food health/food growing & food knowledge. Liverpool Food People brought the 3rd annual conference to Liverpool in March 2016 (previously held in Bristol & Brighton) working with a range of partners:

  • Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) provided financial support to the conference and welcomed delegates
  • University of Liverpool (UoL) hosted the conference at the Institute of Risk Management and provided a keynote speaker – Prof Martin Mortimer
  • UoL provided accommodation within student halls of residence for delegates
  • UoL Student Guild provided the locally sourced catering for lunch and refreshments
  • LJMU students presented academic posters on research done into food poverty
  • The Pen Factory hosted the evening reception and awards dinner, serving Scouse to 120 people

The theme of the conference was The True Cost of Food and 180 representatives from 56 UK cities gathered to debate this issue, focussing on Health/Economics & Environment. Presentations and more information is available here:

Delegates were welcomed to the conference by Cllr Jane Corbett, cabinet lead for Social Inclusion, Fairness & Equalities; and to the awards dinner by MRWA CEO Carl Beer. Delegates were encouraged to travel to the conference by public transport and all food for the event was sourced as locally and ethically as possible.

Organisations represented at the conference included: Soil Association, Food Matters, Sustain UK, Health Equalities Group, The Cooperative Food, DEFRA, The Food Foundation, the Food Climate Research Network, The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit and The Jamie Oliver Foundation.

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Written by Gather

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