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Food systems within a city region

Sustain member the Centre for Food Policy are hosting an event on the opportunities of thinking regionally about food systems.

Dagenham farm. Photo credit: Capital Growth

Dagenham farm. Photo credit: Capital Growth

Dr. Michael Hamm from Michigan State University will be talking at this Food Thinkers event about 'City Region Food Systems: What, Why, How?'.

Climate change, water stress, population growth, and continued urbanization are the challenges that threaten to negatively impact global food security. In this presentation, Professor Hamm will seek to shine a light on the opportunities of thinking 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 also 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? Or 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 to stimulate audience discussion.

Wednesday 27 March 2019
5.30pm - 7pm
B200, University Building
City, University of London 
Northampton Square

The Centre for Food Policy’s Food Thinkers series aims to advance the thinking and practice of integrated approaches to food policy. The event is free but tickets need to be booked in advance.

Published 5 Mar 2019

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