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Sustain explores the Right to Food at Latitude Festival

Sustain is pleased to be hosting a panel on the Right to Food at this year's Latitude Festival, with colleagues from the Landworkers Alliance, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, Nourish Scotland and Sheffield MP Olivia Blake

Latitude Theatre of Food event. Photo credit: Chris Young

Latitude Theatre of Food event. Photo credit: Chris Young

Sustain is a regular feature at Latitude Festival in Suffolk, with baking demos and talks hosted by the Real Bread Campaign. But this year we are also offering up a space for festival goers to explore issues around food access and jood justice across the breadth of the food chain from field to fork, and consider the public role in helping to enshrine a Right to Food in UK law.

The events of the past year have put into sharp relief the importance of access to good, nutritious food. Since then, civil society campaigns have pressured the Government to ensure protection of food access during lockdown and beyond, MPs tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to include a Right to Food in the forthcoming National Food Strategy white paper, and a number of cities and regions have adopted a Right to Food locally.

Panel speakers will include food justice advocates and people on the front lines of food work sharing insights on the growing movement to enshrine a Right to Food in UK law, including the role of the public and civil society in ensuring food justice across our food chain. Speakers include Olivia Blake, MP for Sheffield Hallam, Dee Woods of the Landworkers Alliance and the Independent Food Aid Network, Sarah Woolley of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, Irina Martin of Nourish Scotland and Imogen Richmond-Bishop of Sustain's Right to Food Project. The session is chaired by Vera Zakharov of the Sustainable Food Places Programme, coordinated by Sustain, Food MAtters and Soil Association.

Published 22 Jul 2021

Right to Food: Everyone has the right to enjoy safe, nutritious and sustainable food. This project advocates the realisation of the Right to Food in UK law.

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