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Eating on Mars & Feeding Canberra

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The ACT Government will soon finalise its inaugural Food Strategy. Expectations are running high that it heralds new energy in Canberra’s food system. There are many challenges – so what are the best practical ideas, projects and innovations needed to realize the strategy’s objectives?


Get your ideas on the table, in a CBRIN ‘Collab Lab’, while enjoying some beautiful local sustainably produced food and beverages.  Hear presentations from an Australian -start-up partnering with NASA to gets its food production technology onto the Moon and Mars; and an innovative approach to urban/peri-urban food production developed in Ainslie. 

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Our Food Security is under pressure from climate change, strategic disputation, disease and technical supply chain factors. It’s not going away anytime soon, in fact it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. The closure of Canberra icons Piallego Estate and Capitol Foods (Canberra Milk) reinforce concerns. The economic, health & wellbeing and environmental arguments are strong for well-conceived government and private investment in local sustainable food systems. If you doubt that, just keep an eye on empty shelves in your local supermarket. The FAO has called for all cities to build up local food buffers and shorter supply chains. We need much more local food to support our traditional supply chains to prevent food shortages and to smooth out periods of disruption. But how to do it? 

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Date & Time: 

Thursday 27 April 2023, 5pm



Endeavor House
1 Franklin Street Manuka, ACT

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