About this event

  • Date and time Wed 18 Nov 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Food and Health

According to Statista, the use of food banks has increased year-on-year from 26,000 in 2008/09 to 1.6 million in 2018/19. In this webinar, the Food and Health Forum will provide a perspective on the current status of food security and its possible impact on the nutritional status of the population. This webinar is free for RSM members.

The discussion will focus on the current fragile situation, given the UK’s heavy reliance on the EU, both for fresh food imports and for farm labour. It has been predicted that a ‘no deal’ Brexit could be disastrous. A team of experts will cover a range of topics, including sustainable diets, the current status of and prognosis for food security in the UK, and the implications of Brexit for our food system.

Our key speakers include Philip Garnett, Principal Investigator of IKnowFood and Bob Doherty, Senior Lecturer at University of York, who in their recent communication in 'Nature Food' highlighted the fact that the UK’s food system has been weakened by insufficient capacity in domestic food production, just-in-time supply chains and Brexit-related vulnerable labour. Also speaking will be Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, who in his thought-provoking book from earlier this year, ‘Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them' advocates the development of a clear long-term strategy for the UK’s food supply and argues compellingly that the current complacency is not an option going forward.

Participants will have their questions addressed, including:

  • Is there an imminent crisis or is this just scaremongering?
  • What will the food landscape look like as we emerge from COVID-19 and as the impact of the UK leaving the EU becomes clearer?
  • How will vulnerable sectors of our society be impacted?
  • What is the longer term prognosis for the availability and affordability of a nutritionally sound diet in the UK?
  • What is a good food system? How is ours measured and will the proposed new system measuring up?

Undoubtedly, COVID-19 and the UK's departure from the EU present a potent and complex cocktail of issues, which means we can no longer afford to be complacent regarding our food supply.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Professor Bob Doherty

Professor of Marketing in the York Management School, and Principal Investigator of the IKnowFood project

Dr Phillip Garnett

Senior Lecturer in Systems and Organisation and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, The York Management School, University of York

Professor Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

Mr Anthony Mander, President, Forum of Food and Health, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Julian Stowell

An imminent food crisis: Fact or fiction?

Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy

Professor Bob Doherty, Professor of Marketing in the York Management School, and Principal Investigator of the IKnowFood project

Dr Phillip Garnett, Senior Lecturer in Systems and Organisation and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research, The York Management School, University of York

Closing remarks

Location

Online

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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