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On The Edge: A forum on food and sustainability around Australian cities

Posted in Events, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2011

25 October , 2011
8:30 amto5:30 pm

Whichever way you look at it, food production forms the basis for physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural health. How we preserve, manage and develop our agricultural resources close to where a majority of people now live worldwide- in cities- will determine the future health, sustainability and conviviality of our communities. Our peri-urban agriculture is a key component of what makes Melbourne the most liveable city in the world, and it’s worth protecting, now.

Key discussions on the day:

  • Setting the scene for peri-urban agriculture in Australia- where are we at? What are the key challenges and opportunities? – Trevor Budge & Michael Buxton
  • British Columbia Agricultural Land Reserve and Strengthening Farming Program (Vancouver, Canada) – Dave Sands
  • Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, an instrument for preserving, developing and managing a peri-urban agricultural area (Barcelona, Spain) – Sonia Callau-Berenguer
  • Feeding Milano; energy for change (Milan, Italy) – Anna Meroni
  • The expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary in Melbourne’s outer South East and its impact on jobs, food security and the Bunyip Foodbelt – David Wilkinson
  • Promotion, protection and enhancement of food production on the Mornington Peninsula – Kevin Wyatt and Gillian Stewart
  • CERES Fair Food- connecting local producers and local eaters – Chris Ennis
  • Peri-urban areas and zoning options – Michael Tudball
  • Keeping commercial farming viable in peri-urban areas – Susan Finger
  • Farmlands trusts; an innovative vehicle for securing land for sustainable agricultural use on the urban fringe – Robert Pekin
8:30 – 5:30pm, Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Hume Global Learning Centre 1093 Pascoe Vale Road Broadmeadows (Melways 6, 8H)

Early Bird until 25 September $495 Full Fee $660

Click here for the full program and registration.