November 30, 2015
Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan, and Kirsten Larsen
Carrots from farms on Melbourne’s urban fringe. Matthew Carey
Australians may need to get used to coping with more disruptions to their food supply and rising food prices in a warming climate.
But the food produced near our cities – our “city foodbowls” – could play a vital role in increasing the resilience of our food supply, as discussed in a new briefing from our Foodprint Melbourne project.
The urban fringes of Australia’s major cities are some of the most productive agricultural regions in Australia. They also have access to valuable urban waste streams to support food production, including recycled water from city water treatment plants and desalination plants.
Nonetheless, Australia’s city foodbowls are at risk of urban development, and the opportunity to develop them as climate resilient foodbowls could be lost unless their value is recognised in metropolitan planning…
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