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Birmingham Sustainability Forum "Feeding the City"


Monday 10 September


6pm – 8.45pm


Banqueting Suite, Council House, Birmingham, B1 1BB


Birmingham City Council

The event itself

Guest speakers will look at the issues the city will face in the future when it comes to feeding it’s citizens, explore some approaches taken by others as well as thinking about the public health aspects of food.

Come along and have your say on an issue that is vital for the well-being of everyone in the city and help develop innovative approaches to feeding Birmingham.
What role should “food” play in making Birmingham a “leading green city”?  Does Birmingham need to look ahead and prepare itself for when there might be real pressures on its food supply?

This Forum provides an opportunity to consider such questions as:

  • Do we know enough about the city’s demand for food? How much do we really need?
  • Do we really know where our food comes from – and does it matter?
  • Do we understand how much food we think is already grown within the city and what is the potential for the city to grow more of its own?
  • Could Birmingham ever be self-sufficient in food?
  • What role should planning decisions play in the city’s approach to food?


This Forum will hear from a number of speakers who are looking a long way ahead at what a city might need to do to feed itself; at what steps are being taken elsewhere to be a “sustainable food city”; and from local schemes which are promoting local food awareness.  But food is not just about eating – it’s about healthy living and lifestyle, community cohesion and well-being so we shall be considering the public health aspect of feeding the city.

How to attend and contact for more information

For further information, to book your place or book a display table please contact sustainabilityteam@birmingham.gov.uk or ring 0121 464 9166.

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