Growth spurt towards ecological heaven! Het Neerhof @ BSB
Food producers and consumers share the same great dream: to bring food to hungry mouths with as few intermediaries as possible. Concepts such as urban agriculture and short-supply chains have been gaining in influence over the past few years, while urban consumers are increasingly looking for healthy, affordable, local and sustainable alternatives. The shorter the food chain, the closer we come to an ideal world. That ideal is becoming gradually closer, but there are still many challenges ahead.
The proportion of short food chain and urban agriculture continues to be a rather marginal concept today because of barriers to upscaling (high investment costs, complex legislation, logistical challenges, etc.). Our aim during this two-day Short Food Chain Festival, is to generate awareness about the different short-chain opportunities.
On Friday we invite you to conjure up six utopian situations that will act as an inspiration for us for a short-chain upscale. One proposal? By 2030 everyone should know where our food comes from and we should be familiar with the farmer personally! Another one? In a few years’ time, Brussels should have some new indoor markets where local products are processed and sold!
w/ Steunpunt Korte Keten (Brussel LUST), Atelier Groot Eiland, Regionaal landschap Pajot-Zenne, Brukselbinnenstebuiten & Het Neerhof
What if farmers would get a fair income for their work? How would this effect the rise of new farmers in short supply chains?
Farming land around Brussels is to expensive for new farmers to start. What if the government would make 30% of farming land available for short food supply farming...
Food doesn't have to travel long distances. What if Brussels and its surroundings would create a dense food network?
Knowing your farmer also allows you to make nice outdoor trips to visit the farmer. What if Brussels and Brabant would have a joint food and recreational network?
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