Building a just and sustainable food system in Coventry

Coventry Food Justice Network Open Meeting

3rd May 2016, 9:00-13:00

Food Justice is a call for a fairer food system. It considers food to be a human right. It involves communities working together to build more just and sustainable food systems. It questions the limits of charity-based emergency food aid as the dominant solution to food poverty. It challenges how differences based on race, class, gender and culture determine who benefits and who is put at risk from how food is grown, processed, distributed, accessed & eaten. It involves collective practical and political learning and action amongst a diversity of citizens and especially those most excluded from the current food system.

Food Justice is a call for a fairer food system. It considers food to be a human right. It involves communities working together to build more just and sustainable food systems. It questions the limits of charity-based emergency food aid as the dominant solution to food poverty. It challenges how differences based on race, class, gender and culture determine who benefits and who is put at risk from how food is grown, processed, distributed, accessed & eaten. It involves collective practical and political learning and action amongst a diversity of citizens and especially those most excluded from the current food system.

At the ROSE Community Centre, Hope Street, Spon End, Coventry CV1 3LH

Please book a place by emailing: coventryfoodjustice@gmail.com

The Plan

9:00     Coffee, Tea, snacks

9:30 – 12:00  Workshop, discussion, planning

12:00 – 13:00 Vegetarian lunch provided by the cooks from the Men’s Shed

The Purpose

The purpose of the meeting is to think and plan about how we can take our work further on food justice in Coventry. We will have an introductory workshop to discuss what ‘food justice’ means here and elsewhere. We will also discuss specific opportunities that have arisen that we could work on together, including:

  • Organising events, workshops or walks related to food justice
  • Making a video(s) about food justice in Coventry using a participatory video approach
  • Engaging with Coventry City Council to influence how it deals with food issues

Coventry Food Justice Network (CFJN) is open to all those who are interested in food justice issues in Coventry. The network provides a forum to get to know each other, establish new connections, to celebrate the work of organisations working on food and social justice, and to create a space for mutual learning and collaboration. Over the last year, we have held meetings, set up a website and organised the first ‘food justice walk’. www.coventryfoodjustice.uk.

The network is currently being convened by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, the Coventry Men’s Shed, EGO Performance Company, the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, The Pod and Food Union.

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Food Justice

Food Justice is a call for a fairer food system. It considers food to be a human right. It involves communities working together to build more just and sustainable food systems. It questions the limits of charity-based emergency food aid as the dominant solution to food poverty. It challenges how differences based on race, class, gender and culture determine who benefits and who is put at risk from how food is grown, processed, distributed, accessed & eaten. It involves collective practical and political learning and action amongst a diversity of citizens and especially those most excluded from the current food system.

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