Coronavirus and food systems: we are all emergency respondents

Please join us on Tuesday 31st March 2020 12-1.30pm for an online discussion about Coronavirus and our food systems.

In light of the current situation, we have decided to postpone the #FoodTalks on ‘how food can save the world’ from its originally scheduled date of 31st March to a new date of 30th June.

We still want to gather on the 31st March, albeit online. The overarching theme of our #FoodTalks in 2020 is ‘We are all emergency respondents now.’ We want to explore in what ways our food systems need to be transformed in order to tackle the intersecting climate, nature, obesity and democracy emergencies. For this first #FoodTalks of the year, we will discuss what an emergency response looks like in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 will directly affect many people’s health and will sadly result in fatalities. Facing job losses, potential school closures, increased social isolation and strained food supply chains, Covid-19 will also impact many people’s access to food. Already our emergency food aid providers are under stress, noting a rise in users and a drop in donations. Panic stockpiling and just-in-time supply chains are increasingly leaving supermarket shelves empty, while school closures put at risk many children across the country who rely on free school meals to be fed. This pandemic is revealing the failings and fragility of the dominant food system.

How can we build food resilience away from the dominant consumer markets? How can we ensure the most vulnerable members of our community are cared for and fed? How should our short-term emergency responses be coupled with longer-term systemic change which builds food systems more able to deal with shocks? What does an urgent, collective, considered response look like? What positive actions can we take as individuals?

In challenging times, it is important to carve out spaces to discuss the issues we face, to share thoughts, experience and expertise, and to work out ways to collectively move forward. This event will be an online discussion (details to follow after registration), hosted by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council, and including short contributions from food and systems change experts.

The event is aimed at people working to create positive change in the food system (including London Food Link members) and members of Impact Hub Kings Cross, but is open to all. To enable a meaningful discussion, we are limiting it to 40 places. Please register via Eventbrite and we will share details of how to join the online discussion.

#FoodTalks is brought to you by a partnership of the Food Ethics Council, Impact Hub Kings Cross, Organico, and London Food Link, part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.


31st March 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm


Food Ethics Council
York Way

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