Food control or food democracy?

“Nutrition must engage with society and environment or risk a slide into policy irrelevancy. The evidence deserves better.”

If you’re running out of exam/essay procrastination, we’ve been forwarded a juicy piece on nutrition science by one of our volunteers. She recommends to skip the section on evidence and jump to the stuff on pages 733-4 on the social/environmental embeddedness of nutrition science.
Food Co-op is a great example of how ‘social nutrition’ works!

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“It is a myth that nutrition science was ever neutral; nutrition’s advances have been mainly when engaged with society. Nutrition scientists must get tougher, more active and organised. Nutrition need not be constrained by narrowly conceived interest. The profession could learn from the best non-government organisations and, for all its differences, learn from the experience of tobacco. The evidence mounted for half a century, but it took campaigns to win policy change.”

Latest Stock List!

Hello dear friends, Attached to this is the latest stock list. Although things change slightly from week to week, these changes are only minimal and this latest version is a good one to go by. SOASFOODCOOPPricelist10.docx Exciting stock updates from the past week include:

  • Keep Cups! These have been a real hit, and are selling fast. They are £4.40, but don’t be put off by the price.Using this and not paper cups is not only good for the environment, but will also save you 20 pence every time (in the SOAS shop!) Plus you’ll look snazzy. 11069927_238009996369256_5508446560739172206_o (1)
  • Loose Leaf Teas! First mentioned as an idea in a meeting, we now have black and green loose leaf tea all the way from India. Only £1.80!11022541_238009629702626_7634576064959835940_o 11069931_238009946369261_6693645178923521125_o
  • Soap Nuts! These natural, chemical free nuts are reusable for up to six washes. They are compost-able, and won’t cause irritation on your skin or pollute our water supplies.1604488_238009973035925_4743400391542459648_n10989369_388314984674754_8692045694276565136_n

The Cinema Cultural Corner and the Food Co-operative present “Slow Food Story”

Today at 7pm eager foodies and film lovers gathered in G3 in the main SOAS building to watch The Slow Food Story. This event was co-hosted by ourselves and the Cinema Cultural Corner. Through this event we not only wanted to enjoy a movie and organic popcorn, but also raise awareness about the food co-op and get the input of our community.

Slow Food Story is an Italian movie that looks at the man behind the Slow Food anti-fast-food resistance movement, Carlo Petrini. The movement is now present in more than 150 countries, spreading it’s ideas about quality food through the three words ‘good’,’clean’ and fair’ and encouraging small farmers and cooperatives. The movie engages the viewer to consider the power of food in relation to politics and vice versa, and what our responsibilities are as consumers to those active in our food supply chains.

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Few people stayed afterwards to engage in the discussion, meaning they missed the input of a masters student active in the Slow Food Organisation who had come to watch the movie and share her thoughts. It was interesting to hear her input on what the movie had shown, and she spoke of how the political aspect of the movement has diminished. Her interest is largely in Slow Food as a social movement, and how it can bring together the left and right wing for one cause.

One member of the food co-op brought up the contradictions that arise from running an anti-capitalist venture in an essentially capitalist system, and the ethical and moral questions that arise when consuming in such a system. Although one cannot hope to reconcile this in a quick discussion, increasing research into what occurs in the supply chains behind our products and what is actually ‘fair trade’ is something to work on moving forward.

The representative of the Slow Food organisation mentioned that what Slow Food is all about is telling small food producers that “they are worthy in the capitalist world.” On a semi hopeful note she reminded us that whatever we are doing, at least it is something. She reminded us to follow our money, and to keep it close and that this is already a huge start.

What unites the Slow Food Story and the Food Cooperative is a deep belief that a commitment to good and honest food can change our systems and effect our politics. A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and who came to watch!