Published 25 August 2016
“Food shapes cities” (Caroline Steel, Hungry Cities). But how do cities shape our food?
Join us in exploring Sydney through the lens of food at the Food@Sydney series.
Sydney’s population will reach five million in 2016. Our inner suburbs are the most densely populated in Australia and our cost of living is among the highest in the world. While apartments blocks rise and transport networks sprawl residents are faced with a rapidly changing food environment. Our question is: how are their needs being met?
Food@Sydney is bringing together city planners, public health advocates, urban developers, food producers, retailers and eaters to discuss food’s role as essential “urban infrastructure” inseparable from transport, health services, water and green spaces.
The seminars will explore the paradoxical foodways of our growing city including the food relief networks that support our hidden hungry; the giant logistics exercises required to stock our shelves, daily; and how city planners and developers are trying to meet the needs of an exploding population in equitable and sustainable ways.
If food is “a fundamental component of a city that is inseparable from citizens’ basic rights and needs, individual lifestyles and cultures, the socio-economic structure, and the city’s relationship with the surrounding environment” (Calori and Magarini, Food and the Cities) how does Sydney measure up?
This series is part of an interdisciplinary research project, Planning our Food Future, examining the social-cultural dimensions of food security in the Sydney City LGA where eight of the ten most densely populated and culturally diverse neighbourhoods in Australia are located. For more information contact Dr Alana Mann – firstname.lastname@example.org.