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1. Programme

Food Matters Home page

March
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about:
Sustaibility.
Review of remainder of online course From Farm to Fork by those who have opted for this, followed by discussion.

February
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about:
Sustainability.
Review of first 2 weeks of online course From Farm to Fork by those who have opted for this, followed by discussion.
Overview of further chapters of book 'Stuffed and Starved: from farm to fork, the hidden battle for the world food system' by Raj Patel by those who have opted to read it, followed by disussion.

January
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about:
Sustainable food production.
HOMEWORK
Watch your choice of the 15 videos on foodsystemsacademy.org.uk.
Overview of first 3 chapters of book 'Stuffed and Starved: from farm to fork, the hidden battle for the world food system' by Raj Patel by those who have opted to read it, followed by disussion.

December'
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about Water - a diminishing resource.
HOMEWORK
Watch Blue Gold - World Water Wars: to discuss at the meeting.

November
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about Soil - that vital but much neglected topic.
HOMEWORK
Watch Dirt! The Movie: to discuss at the meeting.

October
Food from different cultures
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about food from different cultures, led by Penny Amraoui and Ann Fearnley-Adkins.
HOMEWORK
Watch the TV programme The worlds best diet to discuss at the meeting.

September
The diet industry
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items followed by a discussion about the diet industry based on members' own research.

August
'Grown in Totnes'. Update following visit and workshop at Dartington with 'Grown in Totnes', a 3 year pilot project to explore the feasibility of growing cereals from the Dartington Estate and marketing them within a 30 mile radius.
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items.
Main topic - Food fraud. Discussion based on members' own research, including a review of the book 'Food Fraud: the science behind food fraud forensics, led by Jonathan Peat.

July
Discussion
News items from members from the past month.
Film - In Our Hands - Seeding Change.
HOMEWORK
Watch Film - In Our Hands - Seeding Change.

June
DISCUSSION
News items from members from the past month.
The Global Farm - BBC radio series.
HOMEWORK
Listen to The Global Farm - BBC radio series:
The Global Farm - Episode 1
The Global Farm - Episode 2
The Global Farm - Episode 3

May
News items from members from the past month.
'The vegan phenomenon'. Disussion of members own research.

April
DISCUSSION
News items from members from the past month.
'Honouring food' (the psychological environment of food): an introduction with members' personal food stories.
Scheduling of topics for the coming months.

March
Steering group. Matters arising from the last Steering group meeting on 23 February.
Group etiquette. Introduction by Penny and Ann.
'In the news'. Members' observations from recent media coverage of food-related items.
'Food stories'. Introduction to sharing personal food stories.
Overview by Lorna of Food Matters Live 2017 conference.
Scheduling of topics for the coming months.

February
DISCUSSION
Water. Lynette to present.

Fasting. Those who have fasted since our December meeting to describe their experience.

NEW MONTHLY TOPIC
Any newsworthy food-related items or observations that members would like to mention.

SCHEDULING OF FUTURE TOPICS
Decide any further sessions on 'Water'.
Topics listed above 'To be scheduled'.

January
No meeting.
Members of the group try fasting for themselves - not compulsory! People can report back on their experiences later.

December
Fasting.
Discussion based on 4 personal experiences (Lynette, Anne, Rita, Kris); plan January's fasting for those members of the group who wish to participate

November
Review of own research into links between our immune system and the food system, plus the the following sources:

TED talk Reshaping the immune system
A New York Times article by the same author Health secrets of the Amish
The book 'Gut' by Giulia Enders: pages 53-62 Allergies and intolerances and pages 141-146 The immune system and our bacteria.

October
DISCUSSION
Review of topics covered to date. Identify focus for the coming months.
HOMEWORK
Take list of topics to date to October meeting

September
DISCUSSION
Nutritional supplements. Introduction by Penny Amraoui followed by a discussion of our experiences with supplements: what we've taken; why; what happened, plus our view of the nutritional supplements industry in the context of food and health.
Scheduling of agreed topics for future meetings.

August
Sustainable Food Trust 'Harmony in Farming' conference, July 2017. Overview by Jonathan Peat followed by discussion.
Scheduling of agreed topics for future meetings.

July
HOMEWORK
Find an article in favour of GM crops and bring your own assessment of the article to discuss in the group.
DISCUSSION
Arguments in favour of GM crops. Using the sources that each of us has found, we will discuss the arguments being put forward by the proponents of GM crops.
IDEA STORM
We will produce a list of actions we can take as individuals with regard to GM crops.
GROUP PRACTICE
Lynette will introduce a brief discussion on ground rules for how we operate as a group.
FUTURE TOPICS
The topic of 'Supplements' (from the above list of topics to be scheduled) has been agreed for September. We need to decide what we will cover in August.

June
HOMEWORK
Watch film The World According to Monsanto
Review Group Practice - Draft document
DISCUSSION
- The World According to Monsanto
- Criteria for including items on the web pages.
- Penny Amraoui will introduce the 'Facilitator's Toolkit'.
- Group Practice - Draft
- Bring your favourite food topic of the month and ideas for future meetings.

May
HOMEWORK
Watch film The World According to Monsanto as background to presentation - see below...

PRESENTATION
Genetically modified crops. Lorna Haynes.

PLUS
- Bring your favourite food topic of the month and ideas for future meetings.

April Links between the gut and neurophysiology. Ann Fearnley-Adkins will introduce a discussion based on the book 'The Happy Kitchen by Rachel Kelly.
Bring your favourite food topic of the month. For starters we have:
- Lynnette Stopford: a 5 minute overview of 'Fake Foods'
- Lorna Haynes: report on some recent seminars and conferences
- Jonathan Peat: report on University liaison talk 'Preventing Childhood Obesity'
- Updates on and ideas for visits

March
Fermented foods and probiotics.
Discussions introduced and led as follows:
Probiotics - Elizabeth Vousden, Kris Frank
Yoghurt - Lynda Whish
Bread - Jonathan Peat

February
HOMEWORK: Obtain a copy of, and read, the book Gut: the inside story of the body's most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders.
DISCUSSION:
1) Mini presentations by Jonathan Peat, Lynette Stopford and Kris Frank on their favourite aspect of the book.
2) General disussion about 'Gut: the inside story of the body's most under-rated organ'.

January 2017
No meeting

December
HOMEWORK: Complete online course Food as Medicine
DISCUSSION: Online course Food as Medicine

November
HOMEWORK:
1. Online course Food as Medicine (Started 24 October. Duration 3 weeks).
2. View film Cancer: the forbidden cures
DISCUSSION:
1. Presentation by Kris Frank on: Theories about the causes of cancer.
2. Film Cancer: the forbidden cures

October 2016
HOMEWORK: Online course: Nutrition and Wellbeing Four week, free, online course, started 5 September 2016.
DISCUSSION: Nutrition and Wellbeing Course.

September 2016
TALK: Health and Wellbeing by Kris Frank
DISCUSSION:
1. Questions about Health and Wellbeing facilitated by Kris Frank.
2. Development of our Group's web pages as sole reference point for information about the group and its activities.

August 2016
HOMEWORK: view film The End of the Line (1h 22m).
VISIT: Shillingford Organics vegetable farm, Shillingford Abbott 1 August.
DISCUSSION:
1. Learnngs from visit to Shillingford Organics.
2. Over fishing, with reference to film The End of the Line

July 2016
HOMEWORK: Shared research into 'Changes in the nutritional quality of food over the past 50 to 100 years: meat; fish; fruit; vegetables'.
VISIT: West Town Farm, mixed livestock farm, Ide 4 July.
DISCUSSION:
1. Learnings from visit to West Town Farm.
2. Changes in the nutritional quality of food of the past 50 to 100 years.

June 2016
HOMEWORK: Watch BBC documentary film A Farm for the Future.
DISCUSSION: A Farm for the Future (48m)

May 2016
HOMEWORK: Shared research into 'Environmental factors that affect food production: food miles; animal waste; soil degradation and erosion; climate change; influence of the EU Common Agricultural Policy'.
DISCUSSION:
1. Review of progress with the group to date.
2. Environmental factors that affect food production.

April 2016
HOMEWORK: Shared research into 'Regulations governing organic farming, intensive farming and genetically modified crops in the UK and EU and how effectively these are policed'.
DISCUSSION: Findings of above research.

March 2016
HOMEWORK: Shared research into 'Food labelling' including some personal favourite examples.
DISCUSSION: Food labelling.

February 2016
HOMEWORK: Watch film Food Inc(1h 33m)
DISCUSSION: Food Inc

January 2016
No meeting.

December 2015#
Inaugural meeting.
DISCUSSION:
1. Why you joined the group.
2. What sources of information you rely for information about food and health.
3. How we want to define the 'Food system' for the purposes of this group. For our purposes, we decided the Food System comprises the following areas:

Health and Nutrition
Farming methods
Commercial aspects e.g. marketing; media; manipulation
Processing and packaging
Environment
Regulations
Society issues e.g. hunger; distribution; price
Education