Was rather flustered arriving at my first Food Ethics Council (www.foodethicscouncil.org) meeting and finding no-one in the allocated meeting room at University College London. It transpired that the meeting had moved across the road – and I hadn’t picked up the last minute change on my email.
When I heard why the meeting room had been moved I was rather impressed (not with the University though). The original room was located on the 2nd floor. Apparently this meant that the University would not be able to provide tap water in jugs – we would have to have individual bottles of water. And be required to drink from disposable coffee cups. The reason? Health and safety regulations meant that they couldn’t carry glass or china up the stairs and there wasn’t a lift! Golly…. Another hitch was that the caterers used in that building couldn’t provide any fair trade food.
So the meeting was moved to a ground floor location and we poured water from jugs into glasses and ate fair trade food! It would be great if there were more organisations who avoided bottled water and disposable mugs at meetings. I sometimes get really thirsty rather than break open a new bottle!