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Join us to think through pathways towards a more just food future

Sponsored by the Sheffield Food Futures Research Centre and the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG), this conference brings together academics, practitioners, food thinkers and policy makers to consider contemporary approaches to addressing current food issues. Political and economic uncertainty look set to continue beyond 2019 with Brexit, austerity, trade wars and geopolitical instability having global repercussions. Combined with macro-scale anxieties around food safety, public health, global environmental change and the sustainability of food production, discussions around food futures and alternatives for food systems remain pertinent and timely.

About the Conference

Over 2.5 days, the conference included practitioner- academic- artist -governance panels, paper sessions, creative responses and collaborative workshops. We were pleased to welcome Professor Julian Agyeman, from Tufts University as our keynote speaker, alongside interventions from – amongst others – Incredible Edible, Sustainable Food Cities, Food Power, Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, The Cornwall Food Foundation, Feedback, FareShare, The British Poultry Council, DEFRA, New Food Innovation and Barbara Benish, internationally recognised artist, environmental campaigner and farmer.

‘How to Make a Just Food Future’ drew on FGWG members’ Participatory and Action Research connections with food partnerships local to Sheffield and from across the UK, as well as with UK wide bodies addressing current food issues, from food surplus redistribution to post-Brexit UK food production and much more. Drawing on ideas of social justice, care, political ecologies, translocality, intersectionality and the role of non-humans to offer timely and innovative interventions, it developed spaces for collaboration and conversation in which to imagine socially just food futures and map out the personal and collective journeys that are needed to reach them.

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