People’s Food Policy

Creating a People’s Food Policy

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’

We warmly invite those who share our vision for a fairer food system to participate in this first stage of the process of creating The People’s Food Policy.

As part of the consultation process, we’ve been running workshops to gain an understanding of what people want from a food policy. We are now asking people to facilitate workshops in their own sectors. You can find the workshop guidelines at the bottom of this pag

– Please take a few minutes to read the information below  to understand how this process has come about and what this stage involves.
– Following the end of this workshop stage on 1st April 2016 all input received will be collated to produce a first draft of the People’s Food Policy document.
– We will then send you the first draft (May/June 2016) and invite you to comment/feedback/consult.
– A second draft – taking account of consultations – will be circulated Aug/Sept 2016.
– Once finalised, the aim is to launch the People’s Food Policy in the final quarter of 2016 and then lobby government in early 2017!

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During the autumn of 2015, over 250 people attended the UK Food Sovereignty Gathering in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire – an event organised by multiple like-minded organisations that make up the UK Food Sovereignty Movement. This movement sprouted from and is in turn a part of the global Food Sovereignty movement. A movement based on ‘The 6 Food Sovereignty Principles’ which are;National Gathering 2015

1: Focuses on Food for People
2: Values Food Providers
3: Localises Food Systems
4: Makes Decisions Locally
5: Builds Skills and Knowledge
6: Works with Nature

This however was not the beginning of this story and where exactly it all begun is not so important but following the first UK Food Sovereignty Gathering at Organiclea’s Hawkwood Community Nursery in 2012, The Landworkers’ Alliance was born.

The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation that works to raise the profile of small scale producers to the public and government and achieve this by building alliances with like minded organisations and people who make their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods. Collectively, the Landworkers’ Alliance grows and becomes stronger and in turn is a louder voice in campaigning for change.

Back at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, the Landworkers’ Alliance hosted an interactive workshop as part of the gathering, attended by around 30 people. The aim of the workshop was to encourage attendees to think about what they would like to see in a People’s Food Policy based on the 6 Food Sovereignty Principles.

The diversity of attendees produced a diversity of ideas and subsequently a core group of volunteers from a range of organisations and networks got together to create a working group and take this process forward with an aim of creating a draft document. This working group has since been communicating via email, sharing documents on electronic clouds, holding Skype meetings and met again at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in January 2016 where the workshop was repeated to gather wider input and further inspiration.

The working group identified a number of challenges in the process. One such challenge is the exclusivity of the workshop carried out at the Hebden Bridge – we felt there were a number of key sectors involved in sustainable food activity who were missing. The solution for this, considering the time limitations of a small working group, is to ask other groups to also run a similar workshop and feed back their findings. The more groups that carry this out, the stronger the solidarity and strength of the mission will be.

If we together can move forward from this stage, with the views of an array of groups such as those working in alternative retail, tackling food waste or addressing food poverty – as just some examples- represented and then in turn also be consulted on with regards to the draft document, our collective voice will be harder to ignore by those who need to listen.

The guidelines attached will hopefully explain this clearly and it is important to note that there is malleability in the delivery of the workshop to ensure it is relevant to each groups own activities.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us on thepeoplesfoodpolicy@gmail.com

With regards,

People’s Food Policy Working Group

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View the workshop guidelines HERE.

Once you’ve completed your workshop please input your findings HERE