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Jun

24

Monday

June Food Thinkers: What does viewing food as a system and resilience mean for the practice of coherent policy making?

5.30pm

Seminars

Public

Speaker: Bob Doherty, University of York and DEFRA

Series: Food Thinkers

The UK is facing the biggest overhaul of UK agrifood policy since the end of the Second World War. EU Exit, 25-year Environment plan, National Food Strategy, Agricultural bill signal the need for coherent policy development. It has become something of a truism in the burgeoning field of food studies to describe food as constituting a 'system'. Yet this concept is invoked far more often than applied and there are still relatively few contributions that succeed in delineating an explicit conceptualisation of the food system. At the same time, resilient thinking is now extensively used in policymaking and raises questions such as: what has led to the current state of the food system, what is the ‘desired state’? Who gets to define this? What and who create(s) the stresses and shocks on the food system?

In this Food Thinkers, Bob Doherty (University of York and DEFRA) will discuss the implications of understanding food as a system and the concept of resilience for future coherent policy formulation. This will be followed by a panel discussing the implications for seeing food as part of the system for the practice of food policy.

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When and where

5.30pm - 7.00pmMonday 24th June 2019

B200 University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom