9.30am–5pm Tuesday 13 December 2011 (plus Reception 5–7pm)
Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

There is now considerable evidence of the case to change course in food policy. We need to reduce carbon, waste, environmental and health impacts, social inequalities, and much more. Food is a huge employer. Meanwhile there is a view that the slow tentative growth of integrated policy in the 2000s has now halted. It’s a view shared widely among politicians, policy watchers, NGOs, academics and food industry.  This Symposium is to consider that gap between the case for change and what is needed to give more clarity about overall direction. The purpose of the Symposium is to address the policy deficit – to discuss realistically what needs to happen and what might happen. It is also to take stock, noting that Food Policy debate has come a long way since the 1970s and that the UK has been a leader in that process. The fact remains, however, that most analysts know that we need to make another big leap if we are to address the combination of environmental, societal and economic challenges ahead.

The format for the day:

  • The morning is a series of 8 short (10–15 min) talks outlining issues/problems, saying how policy has developed to address that issue, what the problems are and what needs to happen. All talks are by experienced specialists.
  • We then discuss those talks to pull out common themes, before having lunch.
  • We then split into 3 working groups for max 1 hour to focus on what is required from the state, supply chain and civil society.
  • Then, we come back together for an open session to ask ‘what next?’ with a Panel to aid debate. (We have a nice horseshoe lecture.)
  • Finally, we attempt to pull a common agenda together before a short reception.

Booking at: http://www.city.ac.uk/events/2011/dec/where-is-uk-food-policy-going