Rosie Boycott, food campaigner, journalist and Chair of the London Food Board, will be speaking here on the topic of food justice on the eve of the Abergavenny Food Festival. The event will take place at 7pm on Friday September 16th.
Rosie Boycott believes the food system is in a mess. “Today on the planet, more people are fat than are hungry,” she says. “Yet many households still experience hunger and in rich countries we have food banks next to obesity clinics. We all agree that something is radically wrong – but what?”
At this event organized by Abergavenny’s Just Food Group, Rosie Boycott will be addressing the question of what is wrong with our food system, where we have come from since the agricultural revolution, how food and profit – when profit is the prime motive – gets in the way of food justice and health for people and planet. The event will be accompanied by music and stories for Zimbabwe.
A journalist who writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food for health and in reducing carbon emissions, Rosie Boycott has a wealth of understanding on the food system. She got interested in food politics after starting a small farm in Somerset about which she has written a book. As Chair of London Food since 2008, she is responsible for helping to improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food.
The food justice theme will continue all weekend in the Priory Church with a activities planned by the Holywell Community and parishioners.