Food Thinkers: City Region Food Systems: What, Why, How?

27 March 2019 17:30 - 27 March 2019 19:00
B200, University Building, City University of London, Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB

We are pleased to invite you to our next Food Thinkers on March 27th given by Michael Hamm from Michigan State University on 'City Region Food Systems: What, Why, How?'.

The talk will be chaired by Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy.

The Centre for Food Policy’s Food Thinkers series aims to advance the thinking and practice of integrated approaches to food policy.

City region food systems is a strategy to move our global food system towards greater sustainability and equitability. It will be framed by recognizing that climate change, water stress, population growth, and continued urbanization (among other challenges) threaten to negatively impact global food security. In this presentation I will seek to shine a light on the opportunities to think more regionally about our food system, within a global context. That is, to consider strategies that maximize the sustainable production of food on our plates within a region while sourcing foods outside the region that are produced with a similar set of embedded characteristics. In the London area (and across England) this would mean a significant increase in fruit and vegetable production throughout the year. Can this be done in a way that reduces the carbon footprint of the food supply? Can this be done in a way that reduces other environmental impacts of the food system – such as phosphorus and nitrogen cycles? These and other issues will be discussed and questions raised.

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Contacts

Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
lballin@soilassociation.org

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association
www.soilassociation.org


Food Matters
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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk