Never in human history has our interconnected global food system faced the diversity, intensity, and urgency of challenges that it faces today. Our global population has exploded, with an unprecedented raw number of these new people, especially women and children, struggling to eat well, or eat at all. Our climate is changing, partially in response to the overtaxing of our precious food-producing natural and human environments, putting these limited ecologies and social systems at risk. What’s more, the physical substance and choices of food are themselves evolving in accordance with new ways of growing, raising, gathering processing, consuming, and living.
This is the time when conversations about food need to extend beyond the kitchen and into the fields, forests and fisheries so that theory and practise might co-evolve to spark much needed changes in practice, policy, and attitudes. The AgriFood XXI Conference will combine activists, academics, practitioners, students and professionals to offer a wealth of practical and lived experiences towards understanding and bettering linkages with our nutrients. And with these varied experiences AgriFood brings equally diverse perspectives, from social justice, environmental sustainability and responsibility, culture and gender issues, and many more, together to one table to talk about food.
PRE-CONFERENCE FIELD TRIPS
Welcome Reception – Sunday 23 November
CONFERENCE DINNER ‘Food Happening’ from Full Circle
Tuesday 25 November 2014, Start 7pm for a 7:30pm sit down.
Redfern Town Hall 73 Pitt St, Redfern
This is no ordinary conference dinner. Set in the heritage venue of Redfern Town Hall, just walking distance from where the conference will be taking place, this will be an evening of feasting on food and thoughts, orchestrated by Sydney food-smiths and provocateurs Full Circle
The group is known locally for their festive, seasonal happenings in offbeat locations and for creating a humble yet sophisticated and seasonal menu. They work closely with a community of producers and providores and often harvest produce themselves directly from farms, rural roadsides and urban gardens. The 2014 Agrifood “Full Circle Food Happening” will be an interactive evening, starting with a glass of Prosecco and followed by a sit down 4-6-course share plate style feast. All food and drinks included in the dinner cost. The evening will feature some surprise food activities and short producer presentations.