#FoodTalks: Good food business?


The latest event in our online 2020 #FoodTalks series – which has an overarching theme this year of ‘We are all emergency respondents now’ – explored the role of good food enterprise.

How can food businesses play their role in not just getting through the pandemic, but addressing the multiple emergencies we face, including climate, biodiversity, obesity and economic crises? How can we remain hopeful amidst continuing difficult times ahead? How have food businesses stayed resilient and adapted? What roles can food business leaders play in helping build back better and influencing policy – in ways that address root causes of some of the issues we face? How can we all play a part? These were just some of the questions we explored in this lively discussion, which took place via Zoom.

This #FoodTalks was hosted by Sarah Williams, Programmes Director at Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Our speakers, who have all founded food enterprises, were:

  • Thomasina Miers, Co-founder of Wahaca and former winner of Masterchef
  • Geetie Singh-Watson OBE, Founder of the first official organic pub in Britain and owner of the Bull Inn in Totnes
  • Christopher Kong, Co-founder of Better Nature

You can hear passionate contributions from all our speakers in the full Zoom recording of the discussion below. Do listen back and share your thoughts on twitter using the hashtag #FoodTalks!

Participants were asked to share key insights they took away from the discussion. A select few of the many positive responses:

“Big actions. Shout loud. Conscious compromises that are transparent”

“It’s complex, but we HAVE to seize the opportunity”

“Small actions can contribute to big outcomes”

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