Sub-project 1: Our Food
“Our Food” is a project being co-produced by NOMAD (Harrow), Solidarity Hull, the Coventry Men’s Shed and supported by CAWR to use food as a lens to explore social justice issues in the UK. Food insecurity and diet related health problems are increasing in the U.K., as they are elsewhere. It seems clear that these problems stem from wider injustices and deepening inequality in a brutal age of austerity. Yet, mainstream institutions, politicians, professionals and activists often perpetuate a range of “food myths” about the causes and the best solutions to the problems with our food system.
These food myths shift attention away from structural political problems towards blaming individuals for food related problems like food poverty. These myths also encourage people to think about short term band-aid solutions by encouraging individual behavioral change and food charity rather than confronting structural political and cultural issues that are at the root of food related injustices. Further, it is almost always expert authorities and voices who have a say in defining the problem and proposing solution. This project is about bringing grassroots groups together to analyse, voice and act on food injustices in collective and political ways. This project began in May 2016 and will continue on for two years and is funded in part by the British Academy.
Video outcome 1
Video Outcome 2
This video performance is an outcome and dramatisation of the discussions and debates in the Our Food project on food justice in the UK, relating these to issues around food policy in the UK. It was performed at the City Food Symposium on December 12, 2016.
Sub-project 2: Coventry Food Justice Network
Coventry Food Justice emerged from conversations with individuals, groups and agencies in the local community of Coventry who are engaged in tackling the socially and environmentally unsustainable aspects of our food system. The current focus is on the city of Coventry and our aims are to:
- bring visibility to the community food justice work underway in Coventry
- link up organisations, agencies, groups and individuals to build a stronger support network
- generate discussion and action towards a fairer food system through participatory action research and participatory learning
We are organizing a range of activities and projects including events, food justice walks, a web-space, videos that will help us meet these aims. Longer term plans involve connecting nationally and internationally with the growing food justice movement.
Coventry Food Justice is currently supported by socially engaged researchers at the Centre for Agroecology Food Justice, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University and is being shaped by the wider food justice community in Coventry. If you are involved in any way across any aspect of the local food system in Coventry intersecting with issues of social justice, then do get in touch — we would love to hear from you. Email us at: email@example.com.