Future of Food


Future of Food

Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Saturday 17th July 2021, 12:30pm
Ticket Price: £5.00 (+ Booking Fee)
£2.50 of which goes to Scarborough Community Fridge

The future of food and food production is now high on the social and political agenda. Consumer demand, persuasion and interest has highlighted the need for sustainable grown products, local produce, animal welfare and ethically sourced produce. Fair Trade products add social value and a financial premium to the price. However, we have issues related to food waste, food poverty, food production and the carbon footprint of food. Do we have answers to these problems? Are they potential business opportunities? Should society have a moral position on food production, or should big business determine what we eat? What is the power of the consumer within the food chain? All provocative questions for the panel to consider and address.

About the panel

Andy Goldring is the Coordinator/CEO of the Permaculture Association, member of Leeds Permaculture network and active teacher and designer. Working to support the emergence of an international permaculture network and in particular an active international research network.

Wave Crooks is an accomplished mariner who cut his teeth as a trawlerman in the North Sea before joining the Royal Navy. He is now a founder and Director of SeaGrown, a company which sustainably harvests and cultivates seaweed in the North Sea for food, cosmetic and industrial applications.

Mel Bonney is currently the CEO of Coast and Vale Community Action. She was the CEO of Hastings Trust for five years; regeneration manager for Hastings Borough Council for three years; and senior community development worker in Hull DOC for eight years.

David Yates is an artist and photographer who has been involved in several community initiatives including the Sounds of Scarborough, Totally Socially and Scarborough’s Community Fridge.

Nick Taylor (chair) Having spent several years in the hospitality industry managing hotels around the country, Nick moved to Scarborough. Here he became the general manager of the Crown Hotel, Raven Hall Hotel and the Royal Hotel all between 1986 and 2003. He then moved into the public sector as the lead on the ‘Renaissance’ of Scarborough working for the Regional Development Agency (RDA), Yorkshire Forward. The main part of the role being to engage the people of the town in the process and co-ordinate the activity.

He now works as a consultant – occasionally for a London architects’ practice who specialise in community-based design, the newly refurbished Piece Hall in Halifax and more recently in Kendal delivering their community Vision. He is also a partner in a small company providing training into the construction industry as well as First Aid to all sectors.