Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Museum holds recipe for green success

Picture caption: Chef Nigel Brown and Briony Pete from Love Food Hate Waste poised to cook up a feast from a box of leftovers

Visitors will be getting food for thought at a free Leeds City Museum event this week.

A feast of guest speakers and green organisations will be helping them understand how the foods they eat can harm the environment and what can be done about it at the day long Thursday 3 March event.

They will discuss everything from vehicle emissions created in the transportation of food through to the harmful greenhouse gases emitted when leftovers are thrown away in the hope of changing modern attitudes to food.

A limited number of tickets are available for talks taking place in the morning 9.30am until 12.30pm, while in the afternoon a market takes place 1pm – 4pm which is open to everyone and features stalls from a variety of eco-friendly groups.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Eating local produce means you not only get the freshest food but it clocks up far fewer food miles. It also helps preserve a sense of community while providing essential local investment.

“Eating only fruit and vegetables which are in season – rather than those imported from far away – is also a great way to reduce the damage the food you eat has on our environment.”

The Food for Thought event, supported by Europe Direct Leeds, will provide useful information for anyone interested in growing their own food, eating more healthily or cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. Visitors can also burn off a few calories while making their own smoothie thanks to a specially-converted bicycle.

Green experts will be dishing out advice on growing fruit and vegetables, as well as culinary tips from the Love Food Hate Waste organisation which help turn leftovers into gastronomic delights.

Leeds-based voluntary group Zest, who promote healthy living among disadvantages areas, will also be on hand to explain how to stay fit with regular exercise and use award-winning, affordable produce from Leeds City Markets to stay in shape.

Notes to editor

Event running order:

9.30am - refreshments and registration
9.50am - welcome by Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Beeston and Holbeck ward
10am - Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber
10.20am - George Munson, senior climate change officer Leeds City Council
10.40am - Food for Life partnership speaker
11am - refreshment break
11.20am - John Preston, BTCV
11.40am - Briony Pete, Waste Watch
12pm - summing up by Councillor Adam Ogilvie and panel discussion

Full list of market place stall holders
• Love Food, Hate Waste
• Fresh and Fruity
• BTCV - environmental conservation volunteering
• West Yorkshire Archives - make do and mend session
• Leeds Allotments Association
• Leeds City Council
• Eat well, health and well being team
• Museum artefacts
• Europe Direct Leeds – what the EU does to help
• Borrow a book on food, growing - Leeds library and information service
• The growing stall with Caroline Scott