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THE FIFE DIET - A LOCAL FOOD EXPERIMENT What Works in Behaviour Change? Edinburgh June 2010 Who am I? A brief overview of the Fife Diet What has worked.

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1 THE FIFE DIET - A LOCAL FOOD EXPERIMENT What Works in Behaviour Change? Edinburgh June 2010 Who am I? A brief overview of the Fife Diet What has worked in our project Some Obstacles to Change Asking a different question

2 Who Am I? Mike Small BA, MA, FRSA Programming the Big Tent Festival (23-25 July, Falkland, Fife) Teach on UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development at Turin University Director, Fife Diet project, Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund supported local food experiment

3 A brief overview of the Fife Diet Started from a sense that there was something fundamentally wrong with the food system Aims to combine populism with honesty and clarity about climate change Developed from an informal network to a movement for change around food ( ) We held a series of talks around food hosted by people in their own communities Began to map the region for producers and develop a network Publishing carbon foodprint reports on 100 research volunteers and now all members (1000+) Aims to deliver stronger communities through enhanced local economy, healthier unprocessed fresh food and food with lower carbon impact

4 Our 5 Pledges for Low Carbon Sustainable Food Eat local (defined regionally) Eat less meat Eat more organic Reduce food waste Compost More

5 What has worked in our project Eating together Being ambitious Being honest about the realities of change required Motivating through pledges Bringing people together at live events Social Media Not engaging in general awareness rising Looking after children Not being patronising Combining global picture with local realities and practicalities

6 Our members have a carbon foodprint between 10-40% below the UK average on food. Source: Fife Diet Carbon Report, June 2010

7 10 Rules for Communicating on Climate Change Big picture Technically correct Be cool Only stories work Optimism Glory button Change is for all We need more heroes Personal circle Source: futerra

8 Obstacles to Change that is Sustained, Credible and Immediate: Surround sound, hegemenony of increment and techno-babble The Daily Mail bag campaign- a British family on their weekly shop - but their bags could be killing our wildlife

9 Surround Sound

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11 Hegemony of Increment Adopt little steps Adopt marketing strategies Focus on green consumerism Create offers which are easy, painless Use non- environmental motivations Use celebrity endorsements (Nicole Ritchie loves the planet) Source: Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity, Tom Crompton WWF

12 Techno-babble – top-kill

13 Asking a different question Is our behaviour the problem? Depends who we are. Farmers? Supermarket CEOs? Public procurement officers? Pesticide salesmen? DEFRA? Monsanto? To what extent do we truly believe that consumer behaviour will change society? When are we going to legislate? There is no point in asking people to change their behaviour if their whole social environment makes this extremely difficult.

14 Its about the ecology stupid


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