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“Can Hamilton Feed Itself?” — WHY FARMLAND PRESERVATION MATTERS
February 27 @ the Hamiltton Public Library 7-10 pm
Come join Hamilton Eat Local to learn and share information on one of the most critical topics facing food security in Canada.
Erin Shapero – from Environmental Defence and Local Food Plus, Erin made a name for herself as the Markham City Councillor who put local food on the radar and led the way towards their ground-breaking municipal local food procurement policies! What role does the Greenbelt play?
Lisa Ohberg – her influential academic research paper “Can Hamilton Feed Itself?” answers this question in ways that may surprise you! At a time when 60% of our province’s food is important, we need to look at the potential consequences of turning our agricultural lands into residential and economic development zones. Check out her presentation to the food security committee here: http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/C4E2C50B-E943-4A10-89EC-62B02E5B7D6C/0/OhbergSelfSufficiencyPresentationCFSSCNov72012.pdf
Ella Haley – the outspoken farmer who has made land use and ownership a political hot potato in Brant County shares her perspectives on farmland preservation through the lens of the “land-grab” happening all around her farm, Hearts Content Farmstead. Should we have concerns about foreign ownership of agricultural lands?
David Carson – of Dundas in Transition and now co-chair of the Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) talks about sustainability, farmland preservation and what we need to know about the AEGD proposed by the City of Hamilton (also known as The Aerotropolis). Carson is also one of the citizens most actively engaged in the creation of Hamilton’s first FOOD CHARTER.
More information at: http://hamiltoneatlocal.blogspot.ca/