Fifth evidence hearing: Supply chain and Society
11.30am – 1.30pm. Thursday 12th February at the Len Medlock Centre, St Georges Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8YB.
Witnesses: Dr Michael Heasman (Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Management in the Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management, Harper Adams University) and Fiona Gooch (Senior Policy Adviser, Traidcraft)
The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty is bringing together experts in food policy and related fields including health, the environment, and education to examine how poverty relates to the food system. The Commission will be sitting over the next year and will make recommendations towards the creation of a fair and sustainable food system. The Commission is chaired by Geoff Tansey.
The subject of this fifth hearing is the supply chain and society. The Commission’s final strand looks closely at the food industry from an ethical perspective. This covers impacts on UK food industry businesses and workers (from farms through to retail); interaction between food producers and consumers (especially in low income countries); and animal welfare.
The hearing was addressed by:
Dr Michael Heasman
Dr Michael Heasman is Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Managemenet in the Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management at Harper Adams University. Michael will draw from more than 25 years experience in the area of food and nutrition policy as a social science researcher, teacher, writer and consultant to speak about the UK food industry labour force, working conditions, wages and productivity. Michael sits on the Food Research Collaboration working group on ‘Food and Labour’.
Fiona Gooch is Senior Policy Adviser at Traidcraft. Fiona will draw from over a decade of policy experience looking at the links between businesses and their impact on poverty in developing countries to talk about the effects the UK food provisioning system has on international food producers and workers. Fiona is a member the EU High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain.
Questions and Answers
For more information on the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty and to listen to the previous evidence hearings, please visit http://foodandpoverty.org.uk.