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Many thanks are due to Saul for producing this excellent flyer. Sums up what we are about pretty neatly, I think.
I’ve just come home from my first visit to the HASL/LCAPSV Lunch Club, just around the corner from Elephant and Castle. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I think it’s fair to say that a tremendous time was had by everyone who turned up.
There seemed to be quite a mixture of people there, with a range of interests from across London. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly and relaxed, and the idea of a group of reasonably like-minded people meeting up to get to know each other over a table crammed with really good food worked amazingly well. It was great for us all to be able to spend time together and learn a bit about what we are all up to without the pressure of having to organise the next demo, bring down the government or whatever.
There was a slight comedy interlude when the chocolate fountain was turned on – more of a shower than a fountain. It’s never done that before, apparently
As we were leaving, a passing cyclist stopped, attracted by the name of the venue (Bike Curious) and hoping to find somewhere he could fix his bike. Although it obviously wasn’t the place he was looking for, we did give him the address of somewhere nearby that he could take his bike, and sent him on his way with a rather nice loaf of bread. I say “rather nice” because I was fortunate enough to get one myself too, and it is delicious.
I must admit my expectations in getting the Radical Food Network started were really quite vague. I kind of imagined that if a load of people with a common interest in food came together and did community things, then all kinds of good stuff would come of it. Beyond that, I didn’t have too clear an idea of where it might go. But this is definitely the sort of thing I’d like to see happening more often.
The people who organised this had clearly gone to a lot of effort in setting it all up, and I for one would like to thank everyone involved for making it happen.
The Radical Food Network had its first meeting last Sunday, at LARC in Whitechapel, courtesy of Food Not Bombs, who kindly allowed us to gatecrash their free-food-giving-out event in Altab Ali Park.
It was fascinating to see the reactions of passers-by to the offer of free food. A combination of an instinctive (and typically British) polite refusal with a kind of horror that a mad person had just said something completely deranged to them. Perhaps one of the more important things that giving out free food achieves is not simply the saving of food that would otherwise have gone to waste but challenging the almost universal assumption that we all have to fight each other for everything we get. If some of the people who saw us left with at least the germ of a realisation that co-operation is not only possible but actually happening, that may be much more valuable than the food itself.
The meeting itself confirmed what I think we suspected beforehand, and what motivated us to start the network. It seemed that all the people there had met people from other groups involved with food, and had started to see possibilities for working together to achieve something more. And yet somehow there was no organised group set up to make those things happen. There was a real sense of optimism that many of the building blocks are already in place and that all we need to do is bring some of these groups together for them to start spontaneously working together to create a more powerful grassroots movement that can give us more control of the food we eat.
With that in mind, we decided to organise another meeting on Sunday 14th June. If you are involved with a group concerned with food, whether that is growing food, reducing waste,bulk buying or whatever, do feel free to come along. Or if you think this is something you’d like to be involved with, you’ll be more than welcome. Full details are on our events page.