Good Food Oxford visits San Sebastián

16 April 2018

Hannah Fenton, GFO Manager, describes her experiences visiting San Sebastián in Northern Spain in February, to present the work of Good Food Oxford and learn about similar work in San Sebastián and Madrid.

Co-speaker Nerea Moran presented her experiences of setting up a community garden in Madrid, and developing Madrid’s new sustainable food strategy, which was signed off by Madrid’s City Council during the course of the visit.

Hannah got lots of questions from the public about the challenges of partnership working and getting grassroots initiatives recognised, as well as an interesting question about the scale of the response compared to the massive scale of the problem. Sharing her observations from the UK, she responded that many, many small-scale local activities carried out by lots of different actors create the pathways for others to take action, which provides the framework for an alternative system which is ready and waiting to scale up as and when the opportunity arises. We are currently seeing this with refill campaigns around plastic waste, and are starting to see it with our SUGAR SMART campaign at the moment.

Read her account of the visit which includes slides for her presentation and the full video of the talk here – some in English, some in Spanish, and a little in Basque.


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Sustainable Food Cities

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