Online Zoom Forum: Food Sovereignty - Bringing Justice to the Food Systems of the Future:
Spiritual, Social, and Policy Perspectives.

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2023.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).

Event Description:

Format: There will be three talks, each of up to 15 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers, the chair, and the audience, followed by Q & A.


Lilian Helen Brzoska:

Bio: Lilian is a hybrid Scot. She had a Polish father and a native Scottish mother. Her Roman Catholic upbringing, in a happy European Scots family, in Stirling, grounded her in Care for Others in a World-with Community. Seeking truth, her exploration of Comparative Religions while working on her emotional and creative fields, through Co-counselling International, led her through Jung and Buddhism to the Findhorn Foundation and thence to the Theosophical Society in Scotland. She is a founder member of Fife Writes, a B.A., qualified teacher of The Arts and a lover of our vibrant Standing Stone Circles.


Phil Brooke:

Title: Towards a Food Policy for People, Animals, and the Planet.

Description: The level of production and consumption of animal products, including meat, fish, eggs and dairy, is unsustainable. Factory farming and factory fishing is cruel to animals, damaging to the environment and divert foods including grain and fish which should be feeding people to the wasteful feeding of animals.

We need to move towards a regenerative, agroecological, form of farming which provides healthy nutritious food, mostly plant-based; where animal production regenerates the land or sea, using forages or food wastes which are not human edible, in systems which avoid the disturbance of soil or sea-bed and minimise chemical use.

Bio: Phil Brooke, Research and Education Manager, Compassion in World Farming:

Phil works to develop the animal welfare knowledge base in Compassion’s research department, providing technical support for colleagues and journalists. He also coordinates the charities international education programme and speaker service.

After studying environmental science at university, Phil decided on a career in animal welfare education and was a science teacher for 20 years. He has now worked for Compassion for over two decades. In his spare time, Phil works on the development of a website - Fish Count - which addresses the welfare of fish caught in commercial fishing. Phil is also vice-chair of the Fish Working Group of the Aquaculture Advisory Council.

Irina Martin:

Title: Food Justice through a Dignity and Right to Food Lens.

Description: Our current food system is broken - food insecurity, food waste, obesity, environmental damage, fast/cheap food etc are common everyday theme faced by all of us. The mainstream food system is designed for 'consumers'. But what would happen if we were agents co-creating food systems that are beneficial for people and planet? Join us in this session to hear about how Nourish are applying this in their Dignity in Practice Project through a right to food approach.

Bio: Irina Martin works in the Dignity in Practice and Veg Advocate Peas Please Projects at Nourish Scotland. Her background is in community development, promoting a healthy food environment and social engagement. She is passionate about food sovereignty, building communities, the environment and social inclusion. An active campaigner for the right to food and works alongside other community organisations towards a fairer food system.

Judy Wilkinson:

Title: Food Sovereignty - Bringing Justice to the Food Systems of the Future: Spiritual, Social, and Policy Perspectives,

Description: I will reflect on how my experiences of being part of the Grow Your Own community in Scotland, living for four years on a cattle ranch in California and spending time on a croft in Shetland contribute to my campaigning for the right to food which is healthy and culturally appropriate. The legislation and policy developments both in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act and the Good Food Nation (Act) underpins the implementation of the 6 pillars of Food Sovereignty and help to bring justice to the food systems of the future:

Bio: I have lived and worked in Glasgow for over 50 years and for most of this time cultivated a plot on a nearby allotment site, also for many years my family spent a month each summer on a croft in Shetland. These experiences have made me aware of the important part ‘grow your own’ plays in our food culture, so I have campaigned through Scottish Allotments and the Glasgow Allotments Forum for a mosaic of allotments, community gardens, orchards and market gardens to be created in urban and rural areas across Scotland.


An archive recording will be made for the EICSP archive.

NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.


Food Sovereignty

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