Ethical News & Events

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Past events are archived below.

Soil Association annual conference: Food and the Big Society

Date: Wednesday 09 Feb 2011 to Thursday 10 Feb 2011
Time: Day one: 9.30am – 6pm, plus drinks reception and dinner

Description: Join the Soil Association in Manchester to hear about the vital role that food can play in making us healthier, more connected to our communities, reducing our carbon footprint, and supporting local and national economies.

This two-day public event will debate how food and farming can provide a mechanism for combating some of the major challenges that are confronting us, including climate change, health inequalities, building social cohesion and re-shaping the economy.

The Soil Association will be bringing together experts from across the food, farming, education, public health, political and civic realms to debate the most sustainable way to feed ourselves now and in the future. Drawing on practical models that enable communities to take greater responsibility for their own food choices and the policy framework that needs to support adaptation to our changing environment and society.

Helen Browning, the new director of the Soil Association, will open the conference. Confirmed speakers include Rt. Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA; Mark Price, Managing Director of Waitrose; Ed Mayo, Director of Co-operatives UK; Professor Tim Lang of City University; Joanna Blythman, investigative food journalist and writer; Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph food columnist; Arthur Potts Dawson, founder of the People’s Supermarket; and Monty Don, president of the Soil Association.

Tickets are available for purchase through the online shop. Early bird rates available until 3 January: £117.50 – Soil Association members and concessions £146.88 – non-members £88.13 – day only tickets

Venue: Manchester Town Hall

Contacts: Laura Andrews, Soil Association events co-ordinator, on 0117 987 4586 or

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Cookery Leader Training

Cookery Leader Training offers two days of inspiring and empowering participatory training for people who are passionate about good food and want to set up and run food related initiatives which aim to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

This training can help you to:

- plan a cookery course, club or community food project
- be a better cook
- understand more about the food we eat
- support others in improving their cookery and everyday nutrition skills
- work effectively with groups and share your enthusiasm for good food
- develop a social enterprise
- make healthy cohesive communities
- create a sustainable food system

All training is tailored to the needs of the participants and is further supported by the Community Chef’s mentoring programme.

Cookery Leader Training
Wednesday 9 - Thursday 10 February 2011
Lewes Town Hall

Cookery Leader Training
Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 March 2011
Lewes Town Hall

For more details, please visit:

Community Chef

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