Food is a hot topic right now, and rightfully so. As climate conditions have an increasing effect on the food supply and we anticipate a continuously-growing population, it is becoming more clear that something must change. The task of creating a more sustainable food system requires effort across all sectors, and fortunately there are more and more people investing time into exploring solutions to food issues. Let’s take a look at some recent examples of groups coming together to improve our food system.
Earlier this week in Los Angeles, Seedstock hosted its third annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference with a focus on Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities. The goal was to explore new approaches to strengthening the marketplace for local food and foster revitalization of urban areas by embracing innovation in sustainable agriculture. The group of individuals attending the conference was diverse, spanning from local policy experts, urban agriculture entrepreneurs, investors, to growers. To kick things off on day one, the group enthusiastically embarked on a ‘field trip’ across LA to visit various examples of sustainable agriculture in the city.... even including a stop at The Container Yard, home to a freight farm! Others included a trip to Jonathan Club’s rooftop farm, Muir Ranch, and LA Prep. Day two was packed full of engaging sessions ranging from innovation in agriculture to policy change exploration to bolster local food systems. Take a peek at the full agenda here.
Across the US on the opposite coast on the very same day this week, the New York Times hosted an event in upstate New York called Food for Tomorrow. The goal of this conference was “to explore two of the most important food challenges facing the world in the 21st century: how to feed a growing population of the world’s poor and how to reverse poor eating habits in the developed world.” The attendees included chefs, nutritionists, journalists, food policy advocates and more. A partner of the event, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, held a variety of workshops to give attendees a more enriched understanding of how food is grown. The group was able to visit a greenhouse operation, talk with the livestock director and experience a butchering demonstration, all in addition to attending general sessions that focused on healthy eating and creating a more sustainable food system. Want more info about what happened at this event? Take a look here.
Yet another food-focused event is taking place this weekend right here in Boston. Branch Food is hosting an event they’ve dubbed “Hack Urban Food”, a two day convergence of developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and food system experts working overtime to come up with real solutions to major problems across the food system.
Here at Freight Farms, we love to see the increasing interest and awareness around how food is grown. The value of education and collaboration is immeasurable, and are both crucial as we undertake this task of improving our food system.