3. I am working on a film on social eating that features Edlington Eco that is about the value of eating together and how food helps other things to happen. Will give you the link as it becomes available. We will be premiering it at the Sheffield Festival of the Mind. Dr. Blake will be talking a bit about the work behind the film at the second FOTM event speaking alongside Robin Dunbar. Festival of the Mind is a biannual event put on by the University of Sheffield to celebrate ideas, culture and collaboration. http://festivalofthemind.
- When a partner dies, elderly people change their dining practices. They go from formal type eating such as eating at the table, producing cooked meals, and eating together to eating on a tray in front of the TV. They report that they are lonely and their enjoyment of eating goes down.
- Many try to overcome this by engaging in eating activities with others beyond their adult children. Those who are able to engage in some sort of reciprocal doing for type dining (e.g., having people around to eat) seemed to be the least lonely. There is a sort of half way house that helps, which is eating together but not in a reciprocal way, such as eating together in a lunch club or senior centre.
- Quite a few also reported seeking behaviour–which involves going on their own to restaurants/coffee shops to find others to talk to. This is the least satisfying, but better than sitting at home. If we can find ways to encourage people to talk to each other in public spaces (or semi-public spaces) this will help with this. Providing long tables where different people and groups of people sit together instead of individual ones is an example of this. Putting signs up that say, this is a talking table etc.
- Encouraging people to talk to each other is really important. Where this has happened, her research finds, friendships have developed. Also considering how to make cooking for others easier for older people is also a good thing.
- Dr. Blake has also got an ongoing project with the Alexandra Rose Voucher scheme in Barnsley that is testing a place based voucher scheme. The scheme provides £5 a week for everyone on a particular street to be used at the local market or a local fruit and veg store that will accept the vouchers. We find that the place based approach is reducing some of the stigma around accepting a voucher. People are reporting that they are eating more fruit and veg. We have clear evidence that they are using the vouchers to purchase fruit and veg. They also report that they are trying new foods because they can experiment. They also report that they are meeting up and travelling to the markets or the shop together so the vouchers are creating an object for people to connect through.
- Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing–here is where it occurs The Conversation, 5 September 2018.
- Capitalism has coopted the language of food–costing the world millions of meals. The Conversation, 1 Feb 2018 with a link to a related radio interview on WBEZ (Chicago NPR station) Worldview show.
- Good Food, Feeding Affordances and Decent Helpings (video presentation)
- Doncaster Food Partnership (web link to research findings and BBC Radio Sheffield interviews) The final report for this research can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/
publication/321443393_Feeding_ Affordances_and_Decent_ Helpings_Final_Report
- Building an Unjust Foodscape: Shifting Governance Regimes, Urban Place Making and the Making of Chinese Food as Ordinary in Hong Kong. Local Environment. Available from the publisher online (authors accepted version)
- Good Food Doncaster Steering Group and Trustee
- Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance Reference Group Member
- Sheffield Self-Organising Action for Food Equity (SAFE) Member
- Sheffield Food and Obesity Board Member