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 Food policy council event notice

Cork Food Policy Council Webinar: Sustainable Food Systems

Tuesday 12 October, 2pm-4pm 

This webinar will explore the topic of sustainable food production in the community, discussing among other things, access to produce, healthy eating and food waste in a community setting.

The event co-chairs Dr Colin Sage, retired Senior Lecturer, UCC, and Dr Janas Harrington, Senior Lecturer UCC will host conversations with guest contributors sharing their insights across:

  • Food Growing and Community engagement: Finola McCarty – Cork Food Policy Council, Food Growing Coordinator
  • Cooking and Healthy eating in a community setting - Sarah Carr, Community Health Worker NICHE Community Health Project
  • Plateforms: Doing Food Sustainability in the household: who is doing what and why? - Mary McCarthy, Prof Marketing, Cork University Business School UCC

  • Access to local food producers and growth of online platforms for food provision - Jack Crotty co-founder Neighbourfood - Cork

  • The Ballyhoura Community Food Initiative: Healthy Eating Toolbox - Taran Kelly, Ballyhoura Development Officer

  • UCC’s community garden and Farm to Fork project - Dr Maria Kirrane, UCC’s Sustainablity Officer
  • Food waste: community-led initiatives - Keelin Tobin, Researcher Munster Technical University
  • Working towards carbon neutrality in farming and industry - Dr Richard O’Shea, Lecturer, School of Engineering, UCC

Together with and for Community

Cork Food Policy Council - The Cork Food Policy Council is a partnership between representatives of the community, food retail, farming, fishing, restaurant/catering, education, environmental and health sectors and local authorities. 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.

Cork Healthy Cities - Cork is a designated World Health Organisation Healthy City since January 2012. A WHO Healthy City is one that continually creates and improves its physical and social environments and expands the community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.  Healthy Cities is based on a recognition that population health is not merely a product of health sector activities but largely determined by policies and actions beyond the health sector. Cork Healthy Cities is a UNIC CityLab partner.

UNIC CityLabs: The UNIC European University is an alliance of eight universities educating through teaching, research and community engagement, towards inclusive societies. Central to this, is the collaborative work of UNIC CityLabs to create physical and virtual meeting points where students, citizens, academia and city stakeholders work together to identify and solve societal challenges faced by post-industrial superdiverse cities. During Community Week staff, students and city representatives from across the eight European partner cities convene in Liege for the inaugural CityLabs Festival. 

Our  highlights events and activities taking place in Cork and Liege during Community Week that are connecting the exciting collaborations taking place in Cork and across European through the UNIC CityLabs intiative

UCC Community Week: This event is part of UCC Community Week 2021. During Community Week, staff and students across the university come together with community and public sector partners to host community focussed events and activities. The week long programme of events celebrates UCC as a civically engaged university.

Civic & Community Engagement

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