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Food Security in the Kootenays

Capture11-11-2007-2.57.16 PMLocal Produce tastes better and reduces our reliance on gas powered transportation for our food. How far does your food travel? Most likely, if you’re living in North America, its probably somewhere between 1000 to 2000 miles.

How sustainable is that in a post peak oil world?  

This week marks the start of “The Future of Foods in the Kootenays Conference”, being held at Selkirk College, (also one of the sponsors) in Nelson. This conference runs over Tuesday Evening (November 13th) and all day Wednesday (November 14th).

On Tuesday night there is an evening of talks and presentations by guests such as Richard Balfour, Director of Metro Vancouver Planning Coalition; Ione Smith, Smart Growth BC and Herb Barbalet, Centre fro sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University.

On Wednesday there are Talks, Local Reports, Breakout Workshops and Networking Opportunities, running from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

I’ll be there for the Tuesday night session with my wife Robyn, however, on Wednesday only my wife Robyn will be in attendance. I’m hoping she’ll be able to provide us with a summary or some thoughts on the blog later this week.

Further details, and a signup form are available at the Kootenay Food Strategy Society, here.

Drop us an email if you are going to be there! Thanks to those who’ve already told us they’re coming to the City’s Landscaping Presentation.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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