When Local Food Makes a Significant Difference

Queensland’s local food advocate, Robert Pekin, Food Connect Foundation will be joining Michael Shuman, a leading US community economist, author and social entrepreneur to outline how Local Food Creates Community Prosperity from 4pm – 5.30pm, Saturday 19 October at the Paddington Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.

“Cities are only nine meals away from anarchy,” Robert Pekin, founder, FoodConnect says.

“This is based on distribution inefficiencies moving foods over large distances and rising energy prices impacting food prices. Our vulnerability is at times of prolonged flooding and other natural disasters which cut off road and rail freight movements,” he said

Pekin explained that while the south-east corner has embraced local food and organic produce, there is a huge opportunity to strengthen the economy through minimising food miles and encouraging diversity of production within the greater city region.

Michael Shuman has studied the potential economic benefits of food localisation in cities throughout the United States. For example, in a 2010 studied performed for Metro Cleveland, he and his colleagues found that a 25% shift to local food would create 27,000 new jobs, enough to put one in seven unemployed residents back to work.

“Local food,” Shuman says, “is one of the fastest, most effective, and affordable strategies for economic development.”

Shuman also will discuss his most recent book, Local dollars, local sense, which lays out dozens of tools grass-roots investors, including those in Australia, can use to support all kinds of local businesses, including small farms and local food proprietors.”

For further information: http://michaelshuman.eventbrite.com.au/

8 October 2013