Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.
Speaker Introduction: Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology, is a sustainability consultant, designer and researcher specializing in sustainable solutions, strategy and research across the multidisciplinary fields of architecture, urban ecologies, and food systems. Suzette has industry experience in sustainable communities and built environments across commercial, residential, governance and community sectors working in Australia and Asia. A key focus is in international frameworks and tools across sustainable cities, precinct and communities, with expertise in GreenStar Communities, One Planet Living and the Living Building Challenge.
Innate Ecology recently completed the Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study working with Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong. The study developed an understanding of the food system in the G21 region and a model for a regional food hub.
Presentation Title: Developing Localised Food Economies for Regional Cities
Co-Author: Dr John Rollo
Overview: In thirty-five years, in 2050, the world population is predicted to be reach between 9 and 9.5 billion people, up from 7.24 billion people in 2014. In 1804, just 208 years earlier there were only 1 billion people on earth. Population growth in the past 200 hundred years has been exponential, impacting our ability to feed world populations from the earths resources.
Today nearly 805 million people globally go hungry on a daily basis, while 1.5 billion people struggle with obesity. Yet the global community wastes one third of global food production or four times the amount of food required to feed the malnourished population and significant food supplies are used to feed livestock. The current global food system is unbalanced and not delivering food security for all people, in all regions. By 2050 there will be significantly more competition for quality nutritious food and food in general.
The impacts of global food issues on Australian regional cities are not always clear or well understood. This paper explores food system issues impacting regional communities today and into the future. The paper addresses food strategy development and current food distribution models, including Australian based approaches to food hub models and food hub feasibility studies.
The food system impacts a broad: food production practices impact regional water quality and quantity, soil, plant and animal health, while food distribution practices affect regional communities economic, and social wellbeing.
A regional approach to food production, processing, distribution and waste is fundamental to the resilience, health and wellbeing of a community and the regional economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
About the Conference:
The Australian Regional Development Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.
Themed Redefining the Future of Regional Australia, the Conference will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.
Sub themes for concurrent sessions
- Sustainability / Renewables
- Population Movements
- Community Development
- Government Policy
- Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
- Free Trade Agreements
- Transport and Logistics
- NBN / Broadband Communication
- Banking / Finance
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