Food and Sustainable Prosperity
for the Houston region
A conference on farming, land use, community food security, and local food.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The conference was a great success with over 150 people attending. We heard about the City of Houston's plans for using unused vacant lots as community gardens from Brent Moon, about the ways in which he is helping small, local farmers improve their soil, output, and trade from Dr. Joseph Masabni, and the economic development efforts happening across the region related to agriculture and local farmers from Chuck Wemple.
Dr. John Park discussed food trends over time and the importance of consumer education and demand for local, organic foods for the system to meet that demand. Dr. Bob Randall and Gary Edmondson laid out a series of recommendations for increasing the number of local food producers and John Ikerd gave a holistic global view of the changing paradigm of food, localism, and sustainability.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and to everyone who participated in the conference. It was an enlightening and energizing event and we suspect it will lead to a series of developments in the Houston region, starting with a study group that will be looking at the possibilities for setting up a Food Policy Council in the Houston region.
The presentations are now available in various forms on the presentations page.