The program for the South Australian Food Convergence, From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia is released today. To be held at UniSA’s City West Campus from 10-13 February 2010, From Plains to Plate will bring together community, business and government to strengthen South Australia’s food systems in the face of intensifying environmental, social and economic challenges.
“With climate change, water scarcity and the possible peaking of world oil supplies, there are serious questions being asked about the environmental sustainability of our highly industrialised food and agriculture system,” said event coordinator Joel Catchlove.
“Questions about the sustainability of our food system are matched by questions of justice, fairness and health, as we see that more than a billion people worldwide now go hungry while in our own communities we see increasing incidence of diet-related illnesses,” said Mr. Catchlove.
“From Plains to Plate provides a crucial opportunity to explore these questions and to work together to build a just and sustainable food system,” Mr. Catchlove said.
From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia opens on Wednesday 10 February 2010 with a free public forum, featuring acclaimed food writer and former chef Gay Bilson, permaculture farmer and educator Graham Brookman and community food systems researcher and advocate claire nettle.
Initiated by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, the convergence’s partners and supporters include Slow Food, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA, sustainable design firm Ecocreative, the SA Community and School Gardens Network, and Zero Waste SA.
What: From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia, SA Food Convergence
When: 10-13 February 2010
Wednesday 10 February – Opening Night Forum
Thursday 11 February – Tours to community, school and private gardens and farms
Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February – Presentations and workshops
Where: City West Campus, UniSA
For further comment, contact
Joel Catchlove (Friends of the Earth Adelaide),
, 0435 631 524
Narelle Walker (Friends of the Earth Adelaide),
, 0432 982 213
Bruce Guerin (Slow Food),
, 0408 083 249