Sustaining our food supply: Strengthening the resilience of Melbourne’s food production system

Keen to hear the latest research into actions we can take to build the resilience of Melbourne’s fresh food supply? Why we should protect farmland on the city fringe and ensure secure water sources? And some practical ways in which consumers and households can help sustain our local food supply?

Watch this recorded webinar featuring Dr Rachel Carey, lead of the Foodprint Melbourne research project. The project investigates ways of strengthening the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to increase equitable access to fresh, healthy foods and promote sustainable production and consumption for current and future generations.

Foodprint Melboourne team
Dr Rachel Carey (centre) with Foodprint Melbourne team members Dr Maureen Murphy (right) and Leila Alexanda (left).

Understand more about:

  • The characteristics that make up Melbourne’s ‘foodbowl’ and a resilient food system
  • What the shocks and stressors to Melbourne’s food supply are
  • Suggestions for policy makers to make our locally produced food system more sustainable
  • Tips for each of us as consumers to help support local food producers and make our food system more resilient

The conversation was facilitated by Dr Jennifer Henry, alum of the School of Agriculture and Food (BAgr(Hons) 1990, PhD 2001).

You can watch the webinar below.

Further information is available in a recent article published by Dr Carey entitled Our food supply has problems with equity, not quantity, and discusses how shocks to our food supply, like COVID-19, provide an opportunity to transform our food systems in a way that is healthier, more sustainable and equitable.

The Foodprint Melbourne research team is based in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The project is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Foodprint Melboourne roadmap
The Foodprint Melbourne roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne Foobowl.

Banner image: Dr Rachel Carey speaks to School of Agriculture and Food alum Dr Jennifer Henry.