Food Hubs & Urban Farming
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CDT
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How is the Chicago-region developing distribution systems designed to move locally produced food into mainstream markets? What policy or planning efforts are in place to promote urban farming? A panel discussion with academics, practitioners and policy advocates for local, resilient and progressive food production and distribution.
• Explain the concept of Food Hubs and why they are important now and for the future. How are they different from traditional food distribution systems? How has the agriculture changed in the region over the past few decades and what policy or cultural shifts are at play.
• Insights into the landscape of food security and political climate regionally, nationally and internationally.
• How does urban farming fit into the mix? From policy, technological and resiliency angles. Specific examples of technological innovations, implementation, execution and potential expansion or repetition. Explore the barriers or incentives currently in place regionally. Discuss examples from other regions with robust community-based growing initiatives and their impacts versus commercial farming opportunities and potential.
• The current position of the region relative to preparedness or equity.
• What is the economic impact of food production, processing and delivery on the Chicago region? Where do we stack relative to other counties or states? What do you see other communities doing and how does it affect such things as food equity and economic output.
Dr. Daniel Block
Molly Meyer, M.Sc., GRP, LEED Green
Trevor Dick, firstname.lastname@example.org