Cork Food Policy Council – a Cork Healthy Cities Initiative
A Food Policy Council is an organised group of community members, business people, farmers, advocates, and other stakeholders in the food system. Food Policy Councils in other cities work to educate citizens, convene stakeholders to prioritize food and nutrition activities and policies, and recommend environmental, policy or system-based solutions to policy makers and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
A Food Policy Council has been set up in Cork and is a first for Ireland. As part of the Cork Healthy City initiative, the Council will work to promote and prioritise sustainable food production and consumption in the city and recommend food policy development.
Dr. Colin Sage Senior Lecturer UCC in the Department of Geography with research interests in food systems, environmental policy and civic initiatives for social change is the chair of the Cork Food Policy Council Steering Committee.
The Cork Food Policy Council has been formed to work towards the achievement of a fairer, healthier, more secure and sustainable food system within the City and throughout the region. We pride ourselves that Cork is the food capital of Ireland. However:
- Increasing numbers of families across Cork are finding it difficult to put good nourishing food on the table.
- Eating cheaply might explain why our waistlines are expanding – and is likely to result in health problems later.
- We are importing more and more of our food leaving us exposed to rising prices.
- We are increasingly disconnected from producers in the region.
On the 14th April 2016 the Cork Food Policy Council in association with The Cork Social Good Team and Reimagine Cork worked on an inititaive called “Greening Cork’s Historic Spine” at Elizabeth Fort, 124 Barracks Street. This was a joint initiative aimed at planting life back into Cork’s historic spine. See here for info on event.
On the 15th March 2014 the Cork Food Policy Council in association with Cork Healthy Cities hosted a FEED THE CITY street event to highlight food waste and sustainability issues.
Watch the following You Tube clips of the launch of Cork Food Policy Council and The Feed the City Events that took place in Cork City in 2014.
Cork Food Policy Council Cork Food Event – Published on 15 Mar 2014
Feed the City – Knocknaheeney Community Gardens with Dr Colin Sage, UCC – Published on 12 Mar 2014 More than 5,000 people in Cork enjoyed free vegetarian curry at a ‘Feed the City’ event to highlight food waste and sustainability issues.
Cork Food Policy Council – Published on 24 Mar 2014
Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Co-ordinator, Cork describes how the work of the Cork Food Policy Council (chaired by Colin Sage of UCC) fits in with her work promoting the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Cork.
The ‘Feed the City’ event serving 5,000 plates of vegetable curry – Published on 17 Mar 2014 The ‘Feed the City’ event serving 5,000 plates of vegetable curry using perfectly safe surplus vegetables at the launch of the Cork Food Policy Council during the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival.
See promotional material on StreetFeast held on Sunday 14th June 2015. Street Feast a nationwide initiative invites people from all over Ireland to host a local lunch with their neighbours. Communities in the Cork region are encouraged people to get involved and register their event at www.streetfeast.ie.
To kick start this years event a Flash Feast 2015 was organised on Sunday 14th June 2015 to mark the launch of Cork’s annual Street Feast, a nationwide day to celebrate community on Sunday 14th June 2015. “Street Feast is all about celebrating your street, area or community. It is also about helping to forge stronger links between local food suppliers, business and neighbourhoods,” said Eoin MacCuirc, member of Cork Food Policy Council and Co-ordinator of this year’s Street Feast campaign. For further information go to http://streetfeast.ie/ and http://corkfoodpolicycouncil.com/
(Page last Updated May 2016)