Food Policy and Sustainability Conference

Three days of study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo
September 11–13 , 2009

A unique opportunity to examine the themes of food production, sustainability, and ecology, open to all those working in the field—entrepreneurs, teachers, students, and other organizational representatives.

Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, 2009

University of Gastronomic Sciences
9, piazza Vittorio Emanuele
12042 Pollenzo – Bra (CN)

15, via Alba
12050 Serralunga d’Alba (CN)

The Presenters
Andrea Bairati, Luigi Bistagnino, Gianluca Bocchi, Rachel Black, Valter Cantino, Raffaele De Lutio, Adriano Favole, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Tim Lang, Luca Mercalli, Carlo Modonesi, Loretta Napoleoni, Clara Nicholls, Raj Patel, Ezio Pellizzetti, Carlo Petrini, Andrea Pieroni, Claudia Ranaboldo, Vandana Shiva, Nancy Turner, Richard Wilk

The Structure:
Focusing on 8 disciplineseconomics, law, environment, social systems, production systems, traditional knowledge, evolution and co-evolution, and policy practice—the conference comprises 2 plenary sessions and 1 day of workshops centered on 8 key questions pertaining to each of the respective disciplines, all culminating in a round-table discussion aimed at providing multiple responses to each question.

The Participants
The conference is designed for entrepreneurs, teachers, students, institutions, and professionals operating within international cooperation—all those seeking to delve into the issues linked to the complexities within food policy.

The Fee: €800 per person, including:
– participation in the sessions
– 1 buffet dinner, 1 buffet lunch, 1 formal dinner (with show)
– shuttle service between Pollenzo and Fontanafredda
– conference proceedings
– English and Italian translation of all presenters

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Urban Chicks in Vancouver

Image courtesy of the Flickr Commons
Image courtesy of the Flickr Commons
I am fascinated by the presence of agricultural activity and food production in cities. On one hand, it seems that many North American urbanites are embracing this move towards getting in touch with their food supply in a very hands on way. On the other hand, there are always those who oppose such things as beekeeping, community gardens and backyard chickens as inappropriate activities for an urban environment. Historically, much city building has been about taming or banishing ‘nature’ from the urban landscape. I am interested in the way in which concepts of modernity clash with perceptions of nature. Even in an incredibly green place like Vancouver, there has been a great deal of opposition to growing and raising food in the city.

When Vancouver City councillors voted to ammend city bylaws on chickens in the city, it was a small step forward to reconnecting citizens to their food, raising awareness about food security issues and encouraging the humane treatment of animals that are an important source for our food.