Presentations and reflections from the Square Meal Debate

This series of short films were made at the Square Meal Debate at Kingston Maurward College during Dorset Food Week in 2015. Each clip offers a different perspective on the aims and outcomes of the event.

Linda Hull - Local Food Co-ordinator: Communities Living Sustainably - explains that new conversations about food are needed which include the public, policy makers, public health professionals and conservation organisations. 

Paul McNamme - RSPB and Rob Percival - Soil Association explain the background to the Square Meal Debate and its aim to start a new conversation about food and farming in this country, given the overwhelming evidence of the need for change.

Cllr Rebecca Knox - Chair of Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Communities and Public Health - explains how Dorset County Council can remove barriers and improve communication about healthy eating.

Rebecca Laughton - one of the founding members of The Landworkers Alliance - explains how small scale sustainable food producers are calling for a National Food Policy based on Food Sovereignty principles.

Robert Lasseter - Dorset arable and pig farmer, and member of NFU, talks about the globalised food system highlighting some of the current trends, contradictions and issues faced by food producers.

Sarah Watson - Coordinator: Bournemouth and Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership speaks about her work enabling people to make better food choices by learning how to cook, grow and eat good food together.

Tiggy Parry - Director of Healthy Local Food for Families in Axminster reflects on issues raised in the Health Workshop, commenting on the change of culture required amongst decision makers to make access to healthy diets the norm.

Emily Newton - Conservation Officer for the Dorset Wildlife Trust reflects on issues raised in the wildlife workshop and how to inspire people to understand the wider costs of food production and make more informed food choices.

Ian Rees - Countryside Office for Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty reflects on the farming workshop and the need for better policy, infrastructure and closer dialogue between small and large scale producers in the face of a changeable future.

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