Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Food touches the life of every Oakland citizen. It is a basic human need on par with water,
housing, transportation and other essential urban infrastructure. Though complex and
interrelated, the food system can be conceptually broken down into five basic elements:
production, distribution, processing, consumption, and waste. These elements present
social, economic, and environmental opportunities as well as challenges to our every-day
lives and to society as a whole. Such current and interdisciplinary issues as obesity, fossil fuel
consumption, urban sprawl, and job preservation/growth can all be seen through a “food
lens.” Concerns over quality of food, access to food, and the long-term environmental
impacts of both patterns of agriculture and urban food consumption present a number of
problems that current food system relationships have not adequately addressed.
Across North America and around the world, a group of diverse actors in cities are stepping
up to identify problems within the current food system that cause harm, and are searching
for ways in which the system can be improved to provide for greater health and wellbeing of
our cities and the surrounding countryside. Many organizations in Oakland, including
departments within the City government, have been active in seeking solutions to problems
that the food system presents to the community. Over recent years, these efforts have
increased as new organizations, programs, studies, and partnerships have formed.
In June 2005, Mayor Jerry Brown’s Office of Sustainability initiated this study in order to
begin a process of evaluating each element of the food system in Oakland, and to provide
key baseline information on the various activities that represent it. On January 10, 2006, the
Oakland City Council, Life Enrichment Committee unanimously passed a resolution that:
…[authorizes] the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to develop an Oakland
Food Policy and Plan for thirty percent local area food production, by
undertaking an initial food system assessment study, conducted by a research
team from the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of
California at Berkeley, at no cost to the City.
This baseline analysis is therefore intended to initiate discussion among City policymakers,
staff, and community members to consider the impact that the City’s food system might
have on different areas of public concern. It also begins to assess the potential for
increasing the consumption of local foods among Oakland residents. This includes
exploring how systems of production, distribution, processing, consumption, and waste, as
well as city planning and policymaking could support the objective of having at least 30
percent of the City's food needs sourced from within the City and immediate region.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
URGENT RELEASE to all attendees of “An Evening with Vandana Shiva” and to all Calgarians and the media
Dr Vandana Shiva event will proceed... The Show Will Go On!!
Calgary Community Rallies to support Consortium for Peace Studies event @ Mac Hall tonight... 1000 expected to attend
Dr. Vandana Shiva, respected environmentalist, activist, philosopher and author was scheduled to speak to a sold out audience of 1000 people at Mac Hall this evening. Her visit to Calgary was prompted by the awarding of the 2011 Calgary Peace Prize, which was to be presented to her by Mayor Nenshi tomorrow evening.
With great misfortune Vandana has been unable to cross the U.S. border and enter into Canada as officials claim her Visa has expired. However we are working extremely hard with Immigration Canada to have her arrive in Calgary.
THE SHOW WILL GO ON... Calgary Community Rallies to support Consortium Peace event
A diverse line up of local eco/food/peace celebrities has volunteered to speak at the event.
Kris Vester, Paul Hughes, Wade Sirios, Hugo Bonjean & Chris Turner will each address the audience for 10 minutes, followed by a panel discussion. Numerous local agencies will also be participating and information booths will be set up so audience members can have their questions answered about local food justice & peace issues. We are also working with Mayor Nenshi’s office to have him come and speak at the event.
The Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary had planned to honor Dr. Shiva for her commitment to social justice, empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of human rights and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.
Her talk was to address elements of the global food crisis and its relation to democracy, gender justice and the environment.
Please check with the Consortium for Peace Studies website for further information. www.ucalgary.ca/peacestudies