Access to affordable food and skills to cook it. Definitely a way to wellbeing.

Fair Brum

Recently Birmingham was named ‘Foodie Capital of Britain’ by a BBC food magazine.  This was in no small part due to its thriving markets.

Evidence from the wellbeing key line of enquiry for Birmingham Social Inclusion Process, confirms that a big contributor  to our wellbeing is determined by what we eat.

The argument of course is that junk food is cheaper than fresh food, therefore people on low incomes have no choice but to buy it.  But eating unhealthily can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and some cancers, and these diseases tend to be more prevalent in people who are less affluent.

However, part of the solution could be right on our doorstep.

I would like to draw attention to the the excellent, and very affordable food markets that we have in Brum.  I don’t mean farmers markets, although their produce is great, fresh and as local as…

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About Travelling Coral

I started blogging in 2011 to record some of the highlights of the round the world trip I made with my husband Phil. On the 5 month trip we visited California, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand. We met some fantastic people, saw amazing things and ate some lovely food. Yet while enjoying these new experiences I became acutely aware of the inequality in both first and third world countries. The gap between the rich and the poor on the streets of LA and KL was the same. On my return home, I realised that this inequality existed in the UK. I had to leave the country to see it for what it was. Food banks were opening in every town and city. I read the now famous blog, A Girl Called Jack and got more interested in how food poverty impacts the lives of so many people in my home country. And I got angry. And wanted to do something about it. Now, I work for Smethwick CAN, a charity bringing people together to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunity and support the most vulnerable. One of the projects is a foodbank. Food poverty is shocking in any country, yet over a third of edible food still ends up in landfill. No one should go hungry, yet children are going to school without breakfast. Parents are skipping meals to feed their children. Foodbanks are a sticking plaster not a cure for food poverty. So, in addition to working for a charity that is supporting people in crisis, I volunteer for The Real Junk Food Project. They intercept food that would normally be thrown away, and cook it and serve it in a Pay as You Feel Cafe. I am still adjusting to life back at home in Birmingham, England, I have terminal Farsickness. To keep it at bay, I drag my husband and sometimes the son on shorter trips both in the UK and overseas. I now post random stuff that interests me. This includes travel, food and well being. The writing keeps me sane. Long term travelling is my goal.

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