FEEDING MELBOURNE IN 2050 (September Lunch)
The case for preserving Melbourne’s food bowl
Food security is an economic and sustainability issue. It is also a challenge for urban planners. As Melbourne’s population sprawls, boundaries are relaxed and productive land is released for housing. There are recognised problems in the infrastructure servicing of greenfield housing developments. But less attention is given in wider public discourse to the implications for food security of continual alienation of productive land.
Dr Rachel Carey is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where she researches sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She leads the Foodprint Melbourne project, which is investigating challenges to Melbourne’s future food supply, including pressures from urban sprawl, climate change and water scarcity. Rachel has a background in food policy, and has worked on food policies for the City of Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong.