FoodTalks: Addressing Multiple Emergencies

The overarching theme of our #FoodTalks in 2020 is ‘We are all emergency respondents now.’ In our first #FoodTalks of 2020 (in March), we explored the initial emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis. Then in our second webinar (in April), we discussed how to build resilience and how we can embed the positive changes we’re starting to see amidst the chaos.

This third #FoodTalks of 2020 explored how we can widen out to address the multiple and intersecting climate, biodiversity, obesity and democracy emergencies, and ensure they are not just firmly on the radar of politicians, businesses and food citizens, but are being addressed with the urgency they merit. As important as COVID-19 is, we must not let it push aside other critical concerns. We discussed how many of these issues often have similar root causes and require unified efforts.

Graphic by Liane Fredericks

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 was an online discussion, hosted by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council, and included short expert contributions from:

  • Kimberley Bell, Founder of the Small Food Bakery, Nottingham
  • Lim Li Ching, Third World Network and member of IPES-Food
  • Tom Crompton, Director, Common Cause Foundation
  • Sally Uren, CEO, Forum for the Future

The event was 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 was open to all.

Download the notes below for a summary of the many questions, insights, experiences, and knowledge shared between the four speakers and c. 125 participants. The video recording can be found here.

#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.


Thank you to Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for kindly supporting this mini online #FoodTalks series.