Food frontiers

The venue is booked for our Local Food Conference – its all go! It is scheduled for 13 and 14 February  2017 at the Interactive Learning Centre at NorthTec.

anne_palmer-reducedAnne Palmer of the Center for a Livable Future is confirmed as keynote speaker. You can read more about Anne here.

Anne is Program Director for the Food Communities & Public Health Program. One of the roles of the Center for a Livable Future is as an information hub for North America’s 282 food policy councils. This positions the Center to monitor the activities of food policy councils and identify the policies and programmes having the greatest impact.

This documentary highlights some of the positive developments towards more sustainable food systems in the United States. Anne was one of two content advisers for the video.

Food chains or food webs?

The choice is becoming starker as we learn more about the impacts of industrial food delivered through long food chains. Do we want to support industrial food delivered through long food chains or sustainable food systems closer to home? This is the first of a series of extracts from Our Food Story. But first, here is Pete Russell personalising the shift from a long food chain to a food web advocate.

Food chains are the food system manifestation of supply chains. Globalised food chains are long food chains (LFC), while localised food chains are short food chains (SFC).

Short food chains

SFCs generate closer relationships between producers and consumers enabling the re-socialising of food. SFC offer consumers food with known provenance and enhanced quality. Critically, SFCs open opportunities for revitalising rural communities (Marsden, Banks, & Bristow, 2000). Face to face interactions between producers and consumers collapse the power-differences inherent in complex, globalising LFCs. (Feagan, 2007). Continue reading