Transformations to Regenerative Food Systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: The York Management School

Abstract

Our vision is a transformation of food systems (FS) across the UK towards being 'regenerative'. Our current FS are responsible for major social and environmental impacts, such as poor diets, ill health and major environmental degradation and threaten the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet. Because many aspects of ecological and human health have already passed critical thresholds, new regenerative approaches are needed that go beyond just reducing harm to sustainable levels and instead develop FS that have dynamics that 'spiral up' social, economic and environmental benefit, and for all. This research therefore aims to answer two main questions: (1) What do regenerative systems look like? and (2) How can transformations be enabled so we can get to regenerative FS?
To answer these questions we will work with diverse stakeholders to change the Yorkshire food system and use the learning to inform change efforts in other parts of the UK and beyond. Our work will focus on shifting trajectories towards regenerative dynamics in three inter-related systems of: healthy eating for young children, hybrid food economies and farming. This will enable us to consider not just the food chain (farming to fork) but also its outcomes, such as food security (availability, access and utilisation of food), quality, safety and social welfare, as well as how these aspects interact with social, economic and environmental drivers.
We will use novel approaches that combine different processes of data collection and 'learning by doing' from applying different interventions, while also creatively developing solutions and new ways of thinking about FS. The work will also use innovative thinking that will enable us to keep focus on stimulating transformational kinds of change. This will be delivered using a 'co-creation' approach, with researchers and other professionals working together to bring about change. Our research has already been developed with a range of FS stakeholders from farming, industry, civil society and national and regional government. This process has resulted in a new anchor institutions platform and a 'Leaders for Change' group of young people, both of which will help use drive system change.
Our work will have six main outcomes for Yorkshire and beyond: (1) New visions of regenerative FS; (2) Scalable innovative interventions (e.g. new models of food procurement and environmentally sustainable menus for schools and early years settings; educational resources/activities linking healthy diet and climate change such as remote/interactive farming platform for schools; hybrid business models like food hubs, community urban vertical farms; a UK wide model to predict impacts of scaling regenerative farming, linking of regenerative farming produce to schools and anchor institutions procurement); (3) New policies and governance mechanisms (such as the Food Systems Council for Yorkshire) to ensure impact well beyond the programme; (4) New metrics and platform to help guide and drive transformation (e.g. new data for National Food School monitoring; and an open-source codebase with quantitative systems models to co-create a new metrics dashboard for FS transformation); (5) New narratives for different stakeholders to support cultural change; and (6) Bring together different stakeholders, information and new ways of thinking to ensure long-term transformational intent.
Overall, our cutting edge science that uses co-creation and action oriented methods will actively shift trajectories towards new kinds of regenerative FS in Yorkshire. It will also produce cutting-edge science about how to achieve transformation of FS towards the new concepts of regenerative futures. Through the influential researchers and partners involved, this learning will also be actively fed into UK policy and international endeavours, ensuring the programme has wide-reaching and long-lasting impact.
 
Description ? 2020/UK Food Security Report outlining the new national methodology for UK Food security assessment gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/united-kingdom-food-security-report-2021 (see page 307 for acknowledgement).
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Contribution to Agricultural Bill (Sarah Bridle)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact This collaboration and contribution led to a piece of work commissioned by Defra to assess the most appropriate way to initiate the findings from of the amendment and how the labelling might work in practice.
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/58-01/112/5801112-IV(Rev).pdf
 
Description Integration of the FixOurFood approach to policy coherence analysis within the MSc Food Policy, City University
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Meeting with MPs in October 2021 ahead of CSR about extending HAF funding
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The extension has recently been approved, with an extra £200M made available within the 2021 budget to the HAF programme.
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1043...
 
Description WWF - Blueprint for action
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Five of the UK's biggest supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Co-op and M&S, promised to halve the environmental impact of a weekly food shop by the end of the decade. They said they would reduce carbon emissions, deforestation and the food waste and packaging they produce. Their efforts are set to be monitored by the WWF.
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59184278
 
Description ESRC funded event for Festival of Social Science: "a Meaty Debate" - young people's views on sustainable school food
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation York ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 12/2022
 
Description ESRC/BBSRC IAA "Aquaponics in schools: hands-on learning about healthy eating and a healthy planet" with Farm Urban
Amount £25,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of York 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 03/2023
 
Description UKRI Research England funding for participatory research including transcription
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 07/2022
 
Description University Research Priming award "Increasing vertical farming efficiency utilising seaweed waste"
Amount £13,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of York 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description 3H Workshops on local food economies 
Organisation Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing expertise and coordination of a series of workshops to lead a 3 horizon process with local food economy stakeholders with the aim of collaboratively identifying opportunities and areas for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to the series of 3 horizon workshops, providing their expertise and knowledge of the local food system and helping to identify opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H Workshops on local food economies 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing expertise and coordination of a series of workshops to lead a 3 horizon process with local food economy stakeholders with the aim of collaboratively identifying opportunities and areas for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to the series of 3 horizon workshops, providing their expertise and knowledge of the local food system and helping to identify opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H Workshops on local food economies 
Organisation Good Food York
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Providing expertise and coordination of a series of workshops to lead a 3 horizon process with local food economy stakeholders with the aim of collaboratively identifying opportunities and areas for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to the series of 3 horizon workshops, providing their expertise and knowledge of the local food system and helping to identify opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H Workshops on local food economies 
Organisation Leeds City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing expertise and coordination of a series of workshops to lead a 3 horizon process with local food economy stakeholders with the aim of collaboratively identifying opportunities and areas for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to the series of 3 horizon workshops, providing their expertise and knowledge of the local food system and helping to identify opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H Workshops on local food economies 
Organisation North Yorkshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing expertise and coordination of a series of workshops to lead a 3 horizon process with local food economy stakeholders with the aim of collaboratively identifying opportunities and areas for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to the series of 3 horizon workshops, providing their expertise and knowledge of the local food system and helping to identify opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation Good Food York
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation North Yorkshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation School Food Matters
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation Sheffield City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation The Soil Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description 3H workshops - School food system 
Organisation University of Leeds
Department School of Food Science and Nutrition Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organisation of a series of workshops to facilitate discussion between partners to consider how transformation of the school food system can occur. Creation of a network of school food stakeholders to share information about their work and requests for help/information between each other.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of their expertise to a series of workshops led by WP1 regarding the transformation of the school food system in Yorkshire.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Coop Collaboration 
Organisation The Co-operative Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Five of the IKnowFood team have attended the Coop's internal Future of Food Workshops. The PI Doherty has been appointed to their strategic advisory group to ensure implementation of this Future of Food Strategy at the Coop. This has involved leading three further internal Coop workshops attended by 152 Coop food staff members. Bob Doherty was one of the keynote speakers at the launch event on 27.09.18 Bob Doherty and colleagues on the FixOurFood programme led a 3 Horizon workshop in November 2021 to inform the Future of Food Strategy Part 2.
Collaborator Contribution The head of the Coop's Food Policy section, Cathryn Higgs, has agreed to be key note speaker at two forthcoming IKnowFood events. One on April 18th on transparency and traceability, an innovation forum, plus the IKnowFood conference stream at the N8 AgriFood Summer Conference, June 13-14th. Furthermore, they have agreed to share sourcing data regarding some of their high risk commodities to support the work of IKnowFood work package 2. The Coop team, by working with us on the 3 Horizon workshop for their Future of Food Strategy are helping us to build a picture of the issues in the food system in Yorkshire.
Impact "Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food" article published in The Conversation. Co-op 'Future of Food' report published on 27.09.18
Start Year 2018
 
Description Defra - procurement / buying standards collaboration 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Food systems expertise and knowledge of networks to bring together key players in the space of food procurement in Yorkshire to support the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards.
Collaborator Contribution Defra initiated a request to collaborate regarding the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards. This led on to the other partners being brought in to create a network of people supporting this initiative.
Impact Outputs from this initial request include other organisations being brought onboard to create a network of collaborators to support this process. Crown Commercial Services were brought in and they asked Prof Doherty PI and Mark Blakeston (Subsystem collaborator from Grow Yorkshire at the NYLEP) to sit on their advisory board. Yorkshire has now become a pilot for consultation on the new government buying standards. There is a series of planned webinars hosted by Business growth hub at the NYLEP for local businesses to engage and learn how to implement the standards and how to engage with public procurers. First one on March 30th 2022.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Defra - procurement / buying standards collaboration 
Organisation North Yorkshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Food systems expertise and knowledge of networks to bring together key players in the space of food procurement in Yorkshire to support the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards.
Collaborator Contribution Defra initiated a request to collaborate regarding the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards. This led on to the other partners being brought in to create a network of people supporting this initiative.
Impact Outputs from this initial request include other organisations being brought onboard to create a network of collaborators to support this process. Crown Commercial Services were brought in and they asked Prof Doherty PI and Mark Blakeston (Subsystem collaborator from Grow Yorkshire at the NYLEP) to sit on their advisory board. Yorkshire has now become a pilot for consultation on the new government buying standards. There is a series of planned webinars hosted by Business growth hub at the NYLEP for local businesses to engage and learn how to implement the standards and how to engage with public procurers. First one on March 30th 2022.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Defra - procurement / buying standards collaboration 
Organisation York and North Yorkshire Local Economic Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Food systems expertise and knowledge of networks to bring together key players in the space of food procurement in Yorkshire to support the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards.
Collaborator Contribution Defra initiated a request to collaborate regarding the development of the UK Government Food Procurement Standards. This led on to the other partners being brought in to create a network of people supporting this initiative.
Impact Outputs from this initial request include other organisations being brought onboard to create a network of collaborators to support this process. Crown Commercial Services were brought in and they asked Prof Doherty PI and Mark Blakeston (Subsystem collaborator from Grow Yorkshire at the NYLEP) to sit on their advisory board. Yorkshire has now become a pilot for consultation on the new government buying standards. There is a series of planned webinars hosted by Business growth hub at the NYLEP for local businesses to engage and learn how to implement the standards and how to engage with public procurers. First one on March 30th 2022.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Food Foundation 
Organisation The Food Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research projects, contribution to written outputs and evidence to inform policy briefings.
Collaborator Contribution Communication and engagement with policymakers and stakeholders, for disseminating joint work and exploring new opportunities. Provision of opportunities to our ambassadors (Leaders for Change).
Impact Evaluation paper - A Yorkshire-based review of the implementation and impact of the Holiday Activities and Food programme. Multidisciplinary paper between Food Foundation, UoY Health Sciences and UoY Management School.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Knowledge exchange on local food stakeholders and local food system 
Organisation Federation of Small Business (FSB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The team has been proactive connecting these food networks to provide opportunities to engage with one another to take collective action to transform the Yorkshire food system.
Collaborator Contribution They have come together to share their knowledge on the local food economy and other relevant stakeholders - contributing to building a culture of transformation in the Yorkshire Food System.
Impact Discussions are early but there is to be a Yorkshire Food and Farming Alliance set up, bringing together key players in the space to work more strategically together to bring about change the region.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Knowledge exchange on local food stakeholders and local food system 
Organisation Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)
Department Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The team has been proactive connecting these food networks to provide opportunities to engage with one another to take collective action to transform the Yorkshire food system.
Collaborator Contribution They have come together to share their knowledge on the local food economy and other relevant stakeholders - contributing to building a culture of transformation in the Yorkshire Food System.
Impact Discussions are early but there is to be a Yorkshire Food and Farming Alliance set up, bringing together key players in the space to work more strategically together to bring about change the region.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Leeds food vision 
Organisation Leeds City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As a result of the 3 horizon hybrid food economy workshop, team members were invited to participate in the initial workshop on the Leeds food vision and subsequently to sit on their sustainability strategy working group.
Collaborator Contribution Organisation of workshops and coordination and planning of long-term working groups.
Impact Invitation to join their strategic working group.
Start Year 2022
 
Description LettUs Grow 
Organisation LettUs Grow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Work together on vertical farm
Collaborator Contribution Expert advice, and support for PhD student
Impact Collaboration was valuable in helping obtain FixOurFood grant from UKRI and a BBSRc iCASE PhD studentship
Start Year 2020
 
Description NYLEP - Grow Yorkshire 
Organisation York and North Yorkshire Local Economic Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our hybrid economies team have worked closely with the NYLEP, and subsequently the Grow Yorkshire branch of the LEP. The aim has been to engage with businesses related to food from across the Yorkshire region to collaborate with us to identify other examples of hybrid models and opportunities for transformation in the food system.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise to drive engagement across the region. The team have contributed to convening a multi stakeholder series of workshops to engage businesses across the region from within the food system.
Impact PI Prof Bob Doherty and Mark Blakeston (GrowYorkshire) have been asked to sit on the Crown Commercial Services Procurement advisory board to develop their new cross government public food procurement strategy called 'Buying Better Food'. The LEP have recently released the York and North Yorkshire Routemap to Carbon Negative. The FixOurFood research team has made significant contribution to this strategy, in particular Environment, Land Use, Agriculture and Marine Section.
Start Year 2021
 
Description North Yorkshire County Council HAF Steering Group 
Organisation North Yorkshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dissemination of research findings / programme activities and recommendations to the Local Authority, schools and associated stakeholders.
Collaborator Contribution Opportunities to disseminate evidence to policymakers and associated HAF/school food stakeholders.
Impact This has provided opportunities to disseminate findings directly to policymakers.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Regenerative agriculture farmer network 
Organisation Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Project updates, synthesis and presentation of scientific evidence, event advertisement, engagement in events and activities run by the society, farmer scientist network support, Knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture, event and project advertisement through networks, regenerative agriculture farmer event and activity organisation.
Impact Regenerative Ag Open Event - Exploring on farm challenges and opportunities. Additional regenerative agriculture event to be organised in autumn with Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Presentation of FixOurFood at a Great Yorkshire Show stand on 12th-15th July 2022. Farmer network under development.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UK regenerative agriculture research group 
Organisation Newcastle University
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture practices.
Collaborator Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture, sharing relevant stakeholders
Impact Regular update meetings Application to run a workshop at Groundswell 2022 in collaboration with Newcastle Uni.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UK regenerative agriculture research group 
Organisation The Soil Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture practices.
Collaborator Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture, sharing relevant stakeholders
Impact Regular update meetings Application to run a workshop at Groundswell 2022 in collaboration with Newcastle Uni.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UK regenerative agriculture research group 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Zoology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture practices.
Collaborator Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture, sharing relevant stakeholders
Impact Regular update meetings Application to run a workshop at Groundswell 2022 in collaboration with Newcastle Uni.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UK regenerative agriculture research group 
Organisation University of Reading
Department School of Agriculture, Policy and Development Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture practices.
Collaborator Contribution Project updates, invitations to engagement activities, knowledge sharing on regenerative agriculture, sharing relevant stakeholders
Impact Regular update meetings Application to run a workshop at Groundswell 2022 in collaboration with Newcastle Uni.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Agroecology Research Collaboration Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop-meeting, organised by the Agroecology Research Collaboration brought together academics, food producers, and non-governmental organisations engaged with agroecological forms of food production in the UK. The workshop focused on identifying common areas of work and to co-develop key thematic areas for suture work and collaboration, including ways of strengthening links between academia, farmers, and third sector organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Attendance of Valley Fest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Maria Bryant attended ValleyFest in August 2021. This was a large 3 day community festival, with a dedicated youth food element. Maria engaged with various members of the public, families and youth who were passionate about both planetary and dietary health. As a result of her attendance, Maria had the opportunity to talk with Christina Adane, BiteBack2030 co-chair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description British Nutrition Foundation keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Bob Doherty was a keynote speaker at the British Nutrition Foundation annual day, 'Healthier People on a Healthier Planet - the perfect outcome for a transformed food system'. Bob presented the achievements and aspirations of FixOurFood and was one of 6 speakers at the event alongside Prof Guy Poppy, Director of the Transforming the UK food system UKRI SPF programme.The audience was mixed from across the food system and the purpose of the speech was to explain the aims of FixOurFood.
Bob also met patron of the Nutrition Foundation HRH Princess Anne, this presented a valuable opportunity to discuss our teams work in the Yorkshire Food System. approaches'.
The event took place in London at the Royal Society of Physicians with over 400 attendees and more online via live streaming; it considered the challenges and opportunities faced as we seek to define and encourage healthier and more sustainable diets for all.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description COP 26 Primer on methane (Michelle Cain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Climate Change and agricultural event put on by the Royal Society of Chemistry covering methane and nitrogen. Dr Michelle Cain gave a primer on methane.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKM0ghU7DNM&list=PLLnAFJxOjzZti1_I52nvVPkd6cu_910x8&index=3
 
Description CampdenBRI Food and Drink Science MIG (Sarah Bridle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Delivered a presentation to a Member Interest Group on how food choices impact on climate change, shared info on FixOurFood during the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.campdenbri.co.uk/migs/science.php
 
Description Channel 4 news (Sarah Bridle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Authored piece for a Channel 4 broadcast addressing food choices and their impact on the environment. FixOurFood knowledge significantly informed the content.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.channel4.com/news/an-astrophysicists-case-for-eating-less-meat
 
Description Defra Agri-Food 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visit to Grow It York (urban vertical farm, part of FixOurFood programme) by Defra agri-food team from London and York
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Defra Public Procurement Local Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop ran by DEFRA Public Procurement team with ca. 13 stakeholders. The aim of the workshop was to capture the key features of a workable definition of 'locally produced food' in the public sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ESRC funded event about sustainable school food - "A Meaty debate" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact FixOurFood (Maddie Sinclair, Grace Gardner) and Food Foundation (Annie Connelly) team members collaborated with the CONNECTS-Food project (also University of York) to create an event to engage local primary schools in sustainable school food. Children and teachers from 3 local primary schools attended, totalling 52 children. This involved a debate led by members of the NFU, academics working in food and pupils from a Leaders for Change school about whether we should have meat-free schools; an activity to learn about eco-schools, a vegetarian lunch and lastly an activity where pupils wrote letters to their headteachers about changes they want to see in their schools relating to food and sustainability. We then created a poster sent to all primary schools in York about what children want to see changed in relation to food and sustainability, based on the last activity of the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Engagement with Defra re NFS white paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An event was hosted at Spark York combining a workshop/meeting of our Leaders for Change children, our programme research team, business stakeholders and the National Food Strategy White Paper team. The NFS team (5 of them) engaged with the children and their activities and then met over for a 2 day meeting with the FixOurFood team and stakeholders to discuss our research activities and elements of the NFS strategy relevant to our expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Global Food Security 'Research Storytelling Masterclass' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Grace Gardner from FixOurFood won a place on the UKRI Global Food Security 'Research Storytelling Masterclass', and made it to the final five participants to present a story about school food to a live audience of judges and members of the public. The final event was called 'Food vs Climate: Five Stories for Change'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fixourfood.org/shining-a-light-on-the-food-system-through-storytelling/
 
Description Inclusion of FixOurfood policy and governance research on MSc Food Policy, City University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The approach to policy coherence analysis developed within the FixOurFood programme core a central element of teaching and assessment on the MSc Food Policy programme run by the Centre for Food Policy, City University. The approach forms part of a core module entitled, "Food, public health, and the environment."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/postgraduate/food-policy
 
Description Interview for BBC Look North 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview and filming about the vertical farm research being undertaken in FixOurFood programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Interview/conversation with Christina Adane 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Maria Bryant had a conversation with Christina about the food system - talking about processed foods, including the early introduction of these foods in feeding practices, and the success of reducing the intake of sugar through interventions including tax (SDIL as an example). Maria also talked about her work with children about what a school food system looks like, the school journey and workshops with children. As this was disseminated via the BBC and part of a wider BiteBack 2030 talk, the impact is likely national.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000z5vl
 
Description Keynote at the International Food Regulatory Conference March 9-10th 2021 in Plenary 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speech on Food Systems resilience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fsaifra2021.co.uk/home
 
Description Keynote speech at The Royal Society of Medicine- event Food Crisis Fact or Fiction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote at the Royal Society of Medicine Annual Food debate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/food-health/2020-21/fhp50/
 
Description Lecture on regenerative agriculture and FixOurFood project (Ruth Wade) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture to Masters students about the FixOurFood project in particular regenerative agriculture and its aim of delivering multiple benefits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Leeds City Council Food Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised by Leeds City Council to begin the process of developing a food strategy, which will also help the city collect evidence to support the Silver Sustainable Food Cities award application in 2023.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Multiple FixOurFood blogs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We have published 9 blogs since July 2021, these focus on a variety of topics from across our subsystem, (eg Schools, hybrid business models, soil health, transformation). The aim of these is to inform and contribute to the debate on these topics to influence change in the food system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://fixourfood.org/news/blog/
 
Description Open Innovation Team Policy School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Policy School is an example of a collaborative work-based learning challenge led and delivered by the Open Innovation Team (OIT) from within the Civil Service, supported by Careers and Placements and academic colleagues at York University. A topic is chosen for the students and this time they invited FixOurFood to set the scene regarding challenges in the food system for them to focus on, giving context to the challenge of policy making for the students to consider. Prof Bob Doherty delveied the introduction to the topic and other team members judged the final challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Oxford Farming conference - Sarah Bridle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on how different foods contribute to climate change, and therefore the role that farming plays in this - metrics work from FixOurFood informed the content. Audience will have been farmers but also wider across the food system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ofc.org.uk/conference/2022/programme
 
Description Peter Frankopan podcast (Sarah Bridle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast interview, shared knowledge on climate change and diet choices, shared info on FixOurFood at the end of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/cy/podcast/ep22-the-environmental-footprint-of-food-choices/id1573942113?...
 
Description Plymouth sustainable earth 2021 conference (Sarah Bridle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Guest speaker to deliver presentation on how food choices impact on climate change - shared info on FixOurFood during session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/se21
 
Description Presentation of FixOurFood to Defra team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Overview of the whole FixOurFood project - Bob Doherty, Sarah Bridle and Grace Gardner
Presentation given to a team at DEFRA including their Senior Policy Advisor - Food Exports, Promotion and Partnerships Division. Event was also live-streamed to wider DEFRA colleagues across the country. Event purpose was to find commonalities and potential for future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation of FixOurFood work at YESI event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Maria Bryant (Co-PI) presented an overview of FixOurFood, specifically the schools work, to a group of researchers who attended a workshop about Sustainable Food. The purpose of the talk was to contribute to informing the attendees about sustainable food, to encourage discussions about emerging issues, to identify future research priorities, and to develop networks to support future interdisciplinary collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation of FixOurFood work at YorkTalks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact YorkTalks is a series of events organised by the University of York for academics to share presentations about their work to staff, students and members of the public. This took place virtually this year. Maria Bryant's (Co-PI) talk about fixing our food systems led to the head of external relations at the University getting in touch about organising the Festival of Ideas, where we are now planning to have a panel and stall as a result of this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNkXoO5Iutc&feature=emb_title
 
Description Presentation of HAF key findings to APPG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave an overview of our preliminary HAF key findings and recommendations from our report in collaboration with The Food Foundation. Opportunity to share our findings while learning about other research in this area as well as different approaches to the planning and delivery of HAF. All useful to take learnings forward and embed best practice into future programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regenerative agriculture open event - Exploring on farm challenges and opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 140 registered farmers attended an open session to explore on-farm challenges and opportunities in adopting Regenerative Agricultural practices. The aim was for farm businesses, researchers, and regional stakeholders with an interest in Regenerative Agriculture to gather, make new connections and learn about the challenges and opportunities ahead as we strive for sustainable food production while tackling the challenges of climate change. Farmers, researchers and retailers gave presentations which sparked questions and discussions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://yas.co.uk/fsn-regenerative-agriculture/
 
Description SPF annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Annual conference bringing together the teams across the Transforming food systems programme. The impact was the programme teams came away understanding more about the other SPF programmes, identifying opportunities, synergies and aims.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Technical expert on food systems at UN Food Summit Dialogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Pre dialogue before the summit, conclusions fed into the final summit. Asked to speak on some of the challenges in the UK food system to inform the main session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Westminster forum keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Westminster Food and Nutrition Policy Forum - Keynote speech 'Food Supply in Building Back Better'. The aim of this was to widen participation and knowledge on the topic and FixOurFood and to generate discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021