Star-studded line-up at food conference
A conference on food being held in Wellington in February 14-15th 2015 brings together an impressive line-up of guest speakers from Aotearoa and overseas. Those attending include seed campaigner Dr Vandana Shiva, and Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, whose research on the effects of genetically engineered food and Roundup on rats grabbed headlines around the world.
The conference, titled ‘Our farms, our food, our future: Ōku whenua, āku kai, ōku mō ake tonu atu’ is being organised by a new group, Food Matters Aotearoa. It’s aimed at a wide range of people interested in how food is produced and how healthy it is, from consumers, farmers, retailers and restaurateurs, to scientists, health professionals and policy makers.
Safe food and how it is produced is a core value for all New Zealanders. Decisions made now regarding new technologies, chemical, indigenous, biological or organic methods for future food production affect our economy, health and the environment our children will inherit.The conference workshops and panels aim to identify sustainable agro-ecological outcomes, including policy outlines and strategies for nutritious food production.
Other overseas speakers include Dr Don Huber, emeritus professor of plant pathology at Purdue University, USA; Bob Mackley, Australian farmer. New Zealand speakers include Dr Meriel Watts (Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa), Dr Jessica Hutchings, Moana Jackson (lawyer), Simon Terry (Sustainability Council), Mark Christensen (Tree Crops researcher)
Organic NZ, January/February, Vol.73 No.1, p.8
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