Supply Chains


“Communication” was their key word

• linking of those who think systematically about the origin of resources eg science parks, those interested in sustainability careers to the food sustainability supply chain (same ideas, different circumstances)

• engaging with people on a personal level

• Festival of Ideas and sciences etc – public engagement

Public sector procurement process

• building of relationships between producers and purchasers – coherence between expectations of demand and acceptable boundaries of the relationship

• maybe build relationship with supplier before tendering processes begin (would lead to greater flexibility in negotiating process, without legal infringement)

Food for life catering mark

• food charter

Demand-driven initiatives

esp students – JCR + links to food retailers and producers – exploiting an active section of society (maybe a CUSU operated framework coupled with college independence

• obviously students are only one audience – need to expand the dialogue

Realisation of competition between producers

• meeting to distribute responsibility for different producers

• reduces waste and creates financial viability

• positive multiplier effect (reduces cross-over)

• would allow gaps to be realised and encourages new blood into industry + reduces risk in decision-making

Fragile organic market in Cambridge

• could reinforce foundations

PROPOSAL: for organic growers and suppliers to meet to look at gaps in supply and how to overcome these, as well as ways of further promoting organic local food