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Feeding the people

Feeding the people: Localising urban food production

The third event in our Urban Sustainability Talk Series.

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Date: 5 May 2016
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Venue: The Key, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF - directions to The Key can be found on our website.

As the world’s population rises above 7 billion the problem of food security is of increasing concern. Since the majority of the population is concentrated in cities what new opportunities exist for finding ways to grow and produce food locally? Join researchers at Newcastle University, Food Newcastle, Urban Organisms and the Magic Hat Café in exploring how local food production and urban agriculture can create healthy, environmentally sustainable options for feeding hungry populations which can also help grow opportunities for business.

Organised in collaboration with Federation of Small Businesses with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce.

About the speakers:

Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel

Elisa’s research specialises in the development of urban agrifood systems, especially the role of soil in food production as well as carbon sequestration. At Newcastle University she is a research associate in urban soil science and a teaching fellow in environmental science, with extensive experience in biogeochemistry, renewable energy, carbon sequestration and climate change.

Elisa also works on the Bioinforming Urban Gardening (BUG) project.

Dr Claire Walsh

Claire is a researcher on the Bioinforming Urban Gardening (BUG) project. BUG is working with a local community partnership in sustainability, the Greening Wingrove Project, which encourages residents to live sustainably through growing food, recycling and saving energy. The research team is assessing ways to minimise the effects of car emissions on urban produce.  

Ellie Dowding

Ellie leads Food Newcastle, a partnership of residents, community groups, businesses and public sector organisations who are together working to create a healthier food culture in Newcastle, improving the quality of lives. The Food Newcastle partnership seeks to engage many more residents with all aspects of good food and to create a more enabling environment for making healthy and sustainable food choices through systemic, policy change. @FoodNewcastle

Duncan Fairbrother (Spud)

The Magic Hat Café aims to abolish avoidable food waste by upcycling surplus food to feed the community, and leading research and activism on food waste. The café is exploring and exposing the extent and absurdity of food waste in the city, using the 'waste' itself to drive attitude and behaviour change at public, industrial and government levels.

Urban Organisms, New Bridge Project

Urban Organisms is an artistic collective developed by arts producer Lauren Healey, and artists Sabina Sallis and Julia Heslop.

The first project took place in May 2015 and examined and creatively explored food sustainability in cities. Working across a range of approaches, the project aimed to provide a space for conversation and ideas. Connecting up the environmental, socio-economic and political dimensions of urban food production and consumption, the NewBridge Project Space in Newcastle, UK acted as a hub for activity, including film screenings, participatory workshops, walks and talks.

Future projects are currently in development, aiming to start in 2017.