Urban Agriculture Lab and the Doughnut

The Food System is in crisis and to fix it we need to change our Economy.

The current food system is undermining the ecological and hydrological qualities of the planet, both directly and via its significant contribution to climate change: 

  1. Biodiversity is threatened through land clearing and monocultural crops.
  2. Soils are being eroded and degraded through industrial farming techniques.
  3. Landscapes are being destroyed by the mining and processing required to produce agrichemicals. 
  4. Waterways are being depleted and polluted by over-extraction.
  5. Oceans are being acidified and polluted by agricultural by-products. 

Meanwhile, approximately 40% of food produced globally goes to waste each year, intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and creating a further raft of problems.

The crisis is also manifest in social, physical, and mental health impacts. Dietary-related ill-health is the biggest public health issue facing Australia. Our daily lives are relentlessly fast and busy, yet increasingly people report high levels of social isolation. More than ever before, we are disconnected from the social reality and ecology of our food system, and from each other.

We want to enhance the great localised work already happening and provide the synergy needed to foster transformation in the urban agriculture space.

This is an experimental project and together we will learn and adapt to create the innovation ecosystem required to meet our goals.

The Doughnut economics model is used during the second presentation in this webinar to explain how a different economic model could help shape the Urban Agriculture space in a regenerative and distributive way.

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    Jon Letourneau

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    I want to envision circular systems in the food industry by laying the foundation for true cost account in food production

    Stéphanie Gauthier

    Les Houches, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

    My objectives : improve my knowledge of change, take action through the pedagogy of change and resilience

    Sky Sheridan

    Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

    As a sustainist, I am always looking for collaborators who want to design solutions, particularly in regards to smart agriculture.

    Maddy longhurst

    Bristol, England, United Kingdom

    Keen to work with others to apply the Doughnut to thinking and action for regenerative food systems and affordable homes.

    Brian Dowling

    Hacienda Heights, California, United States of America

    Interest in applying Systems Thinking and Complex Adaptive Systems through heterodox economics.

    Greg Hart

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    A designer, investor, educator, and community member who is building a future-fit world full of future-fit people.

    Juan Sebastian Rubiano Chona

    Bogotá, Distrito Capital de Bogotá, Colombia

    I'm currently working on a startup and sustainability is part of its core, I believe that Doughnut Economics is the way to go.


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