Forum to discuss food futures

garden-standardPlan B President, Robert Kretschmer said ‘we will be introducing local research as well as creative and innovative ideas sourced locally and internationally to broaden discussion on how we can develop vibrant, resilient, sustainable and healthy food systems in Central Victoria’

La Trobe University Associate Professor in Planning and Community Development Trevor Budge will facilitate the evening. Mr Budge said ‘there are a host of reasons why we should add food to the core elements of the planning and design of our cities, towns and communities.

‘This forum will provide a variety of practical examples of what could be done to make our region more food productive, more food accessible, and a healthier and more equitable place to live’

The evening will feature an exclusive presentation from Kameshwari Pothukuchi, Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and Director, SEED Wayne Detroit. Ms Pothukuchi will discuss the role of universities in creating and supporting communities to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems.

Ms Pothukuchi said ‘Universities, as cultural institutions, have a unique ability to work with students and communities to promote access to healthy foods, urban agriculture and alternatives to the global industrial food system that are more sustainable, just, and responsive to local communities’ needs.’

Plan B (@PlanBLaTrobe) encourages the Central Victorian Community to start the discussion early on twitter asking users to tweet under the hashtag #FoodFuturesVic.

To RSVP or for more information please contact Robert Kretschmer on 0402 233 358 or email foodfuturesvic@gmail.com or visit www.planb.org.au

All community members are welcome to attend this event. Food and drink will be provided on the night.

This is a FREE event affiliated with the 2012 Students of Sustainability Conference being hosted in Bendigo from 4 to 8 July, for more information visit http://studentsofsustainability.org.

Plan B is a student run organisation aiming to engage itself with the wider community to encourage community participation in planning sustainable futures for our towns, cities and regions. Plan B appreciates the support of La Trobe University, the La Trobe University Bendigo Students’ Association and Students of Sustainability, 2012.

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Media enquiries:

Robert Kretschmer, M 0402 233 358