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Online Video club – May is food security month

Tim Lang’s ten ‘new fundamentals’ Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University , member of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission and president of Garden Organic , is the leading UK researcher on food security. In the last 30-40 years there has been enormous investment in what is called efficiency. That means there is no spare. The food system is like a fully stretched rubber band,  If it breaks, there would be a sharp rebound.  I don’t think a systemic failure is imminent but it is very vulnerable to shocks. They could be technical shocks, ecological shocks or human disease shocks. We don’t have a sustainable UK agriculture base at the moment and we need one In these videos Tim Lang highlights ten of his “new fundamentals” Oil Water Climate change Biodiversity Demographics Urbanisation Labour Nutrition transition Health care costs Battles of power Tim Lang’s new book is “Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society” buy it from Toppings , your local Ely book shop. Transition Ely food group Visit the our food group page for more information on what we can do to increase the resilience of our local food system.

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Age of Stupid at the Maltings

Make sure you don’t miss The Age of Stupid showing at The Maltings on May 24th, see our events page for more information. Just to whet your appetites, here’s a trailer for the much talked-about film:

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Age of Stupid at the Maltings

East Anglian Transition gathering in Downham Market

On Saturday 7th March, 50 people from 12 East Anglian Transition cities, towns and villages met to talk, plan, network and celebrate. The towns represented were: Eccles Bungay Cambridge Dereham Diss Downham Market and villages Ely Ipswich King’s Lynn Norwich Mundesley Woodbridge Wymondham View a map of East Anglian Transition Towns For the morning session we used Open Space technology and quickly set up an agenda with x workshops: The choice of subjects was eclectic, mirroring the different needs and experiences of the cities, towns and villages present: Once we’d decided which group to join we set off for the designated meeting rooms. Naturally, I scurried off to the ‘Food’ group. After the Open Space sessions we all sat down for a well deserved lunch, cooked and served up by our excellent hosts from Downham Market. The food was delicious! In the afternoon we all took part in a World Cafe session ( additional info on World Cafe’s ). The idea behind the World Cafe is to explore questions. A group of four or five sit together and talk through a topic, taking notes on the paper table cloth. After the World Cafe we came together as a group and began feeding back our thoughts and impressions of the day. Gary from Transition Diss announced the launch of a online networking community for East Anglian Transition Towns (’Transition East), check back here for more on this. All in all, it was an excellent event, great for networking, building links and sharing ideas. My thanks and admiration go out to our friends from Downham Market (and villages) for hosting the day. Looking forward to the next one, in six months time. (Thanks to Josiah from Transition Bungay for some of the photos!)

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East Anglian Transition gathering in Downham Market