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Green City Garden Party



Public, Staff, Students, Academics

Speakers: Professor Tim Lang, City University London , Seb Mayfield, Capital Growth

Series: Green City Week

Celebrate Green City Week with an afternoon of fair-trade food and discussions focusing on urban food policy, including a fair-trade bake off, held in City University London's Vegetable Garden. 

Fair-trade bake-off: If you wish to take part in the fair trade bake off please email The cake will need to contain at least one fair-trade ingredient and a recipe must be provided, which will form a fair-trade recipe book.There will be a prize on offer for the cake deemed be the best.

Speakers include:
Professor Tim Lang from the Centre for Food Policy, City University London.

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For over 35 years, he's engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice, and citizens.

He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation (eg auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health). He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries (food standards x 2, globalisation and obesity), and a consultant on food security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He was a Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), reviewing progress on food sustainability. He was on the Council of Food Policy Advisors to the Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2008-10), and was appointed to the Mayor of London's Food Board in 2010.

Seb Mayfield from Capital Growth. Seb Mayfield joined Sustain in 2008 to help launch and develop the Capital Growth campaign. Seb became a leading advocate of urban food growing after participating in a permaculture course in 2006. Inspired by the course he co-founded the innovative Food Up Front campaign, aimed at encouraging, enabling and supporting people to grow food in their unused outdoor space. Seb also devised the One Pot Pledge campaign recently launched by Garden Organic in partnership with Food Up Front. Seb has previously acted as an adviser to applicants of the Big Lottery's Local Food programme and mentors food based social enterprises as part of the 'Making Local Food Work' programme.

Running Order:

14:00 - 14:15 registration, teas and coffees, networking.
14:15 - 14:30 Professor Tim Lang discusses recent research on Food Policy in the UK, seasonals snacks are served.
14:30 - 14:45 Seb Mayfield discusses the Capital Growth campaign for Green areas in the City.
14:45 - 15:00 Questions
15:00 - 15:45 Networking and judging of the Fair-trade Bake Off.
16:00 Event Close

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2.00pm - 4.00pmTuesday 22nd October 2013

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