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The First Global Summit on Metropolitan Agriculture: Sustainable Food Production

Geschreven op 20-9-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Duurzaam, Milieu Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Metro AG Summit

Six metropoles,  Amsterdam, Chennai, London, the Detroit-Flint region, Johannesburg and São Paulo, each facing different contexts and critical issues are holding a global Summit to learn from the work currently underway as well as from all participants in order to find ways to scale up efforts like these as effectively and efficiently as possible. More teams and more cities are invited to the Summit to initiate and foster their own Metropolitan Agriculture projects.

The Summit will be held at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and it will begin at 18.30 on Tuesday evening, 28 September, 2010 and will conclude on Thursday evening, 30 September 2010. The registration fee includes conference materials, dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening, breaks and lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, and Learning Journey transport on Wednesday.

In 2007, the United Nations announced that half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. These metropoles depend on a globalised food system that has separated agriculture from metropolitan space, also increasing their vulnerability to economic and environmental crises. Technological advances in storage and transportation allow food to be produced far away from where it is consumed resulting in a growing “mental gap” between food “on-the-plate”and the production of food.

Consumption patterns are changing. Some populations want more protein, others healthier food and the demand for cheap food keeps growing mostly due to widespreadpoverty, thus creating problems in terms of food safety and food security. These and other accelerating trends produce agriculture and food systems that are fragile, hostile to the environment, and encounter growing societal opposition.

The six metropoles have convened cross-sectoral teams, which see the opportunity to use the agriculture and food system as levers to address those issues. The teams develop and begin implementing various pilot projects in areas such as: sustainable food production,  innovative supply chain models, new agricultural services, effective water, energy and waste management, logistics and integrated production, food security and food safety, retail sales and economic growth, land use and blight reduction, animal welfare and disease prevention, the connection to nature, landscape and the environment. Source: Metropolitan Agriculture

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