The Big Food Debate

The Big Food Debate showcases sustainability research into Fair Trade and Public Procurement

Times of austerity are threatening values for money and markers of sustainability embedded within public consumption through public procurement practices. Recent research led by Dr Eleanor Fisher, and assisted by MSc student and Research Assistant Hannah Sheppard, has probed the relationship between value and values for money within public procurement in Wales and how this is coming under threat through the guise of efficiency savings and spending cuts. The research team helped to lead the high profile Big Food Debate in Abergavenny this September, and were invited to showcase their findings into Fair Trade and Public Procurement to the international practitioners, policy makers and academics who will be attending. The pair also showcasec the School of Environment and Society’s research at the Fair Procura Conference in Dortmund, Germany this September.