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On Monday 8 October at Open Project Night we convened a discussion and planning event to which we invited local people, stakeholders, organisations and the council. Sadly none of the latter came though we had some apologies including from Chuka Umunna MP.
The aim was to look at what might happen on 29 March 2019 and what we can do practically to reduce impacts on the most vulnerable.
Vicki Hird Food and Farming Policy Campaign Coordinator at Sustain gave a really useful talk focussing mostly on food. Notes on her talk and the meeting are here. Practical discussion followed which resulted in a number of actions being identified. These include:
- Collect ALL local food surplus – from supermarkets, catering, etc and ensure it can be distributed to those in need. Coordinate with local organisations and the council.
- Ask Local Authority and organisations if they have a Brexit policy – a COBRA committee, are conducting an audit of potential needs.
- Engage with local food policy and London Plan.
- Joint letter to the Mayor.
- Food preparation education to enable people to us local(ish), seasonal food
- Article on the event in local media
- Local food growing
- Write to MPs
See good briefing from Sustain here: https://www.sustainweb.org/news/jul18_coming_to_terms_brexit_deal_or_no_deal/
See Prof Tim Lang’s report here: Feeding Britain: Food Security after Brexit by Tim Lang, Tony Lewis, Terry Marsden & Erik Millstone, July 2018 http://foodresearch.org.uk/publications/feeding-britain-food-security-after-brexit/