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Food, Fuel and Finances – Vital Relationships! September 21, 2010

Posted by gfsa in Countdown to P2S.
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GFSA is pleased to introduce a new category for our blog: Countdown to P2S.  This addition is being made to help build interest and momentum in recreating Alberta’s Food System and more specifically, to encourage participation in the Pathways 2 Sustainability (P2S) conference that is being planned for this February 2011.  This conference will examine food, fuel and finance and how the three areas can work together to find ways to ensure sustainable, resilient communities in Alberta. 

GFSA believes in order to improve food sovereignty and food security in Alberta, this type of broad scale holistic thinking must happen.  The P2S conference will include speakers and discussions specifically focused on each stream, food, fuel and finance, but the speakers and participants will be strongly encouraged to think beyond the scope of their interest area.  These three elements food, fuel and finance are inextricably linked  and cannot be considered in isolation. If we are to see meaningful and lasting change toward sustainable food systems, we must work together to ensure we have sustainable and resilient communities. 

However, in order to prepare for these discussions and find solutions together we must ensure our starting place is clear and that we all have a shared understanding of food sovereignty, security and sustainability.  To that end, we will be featuring blog articles that will aim to highlight the following aspects of food systems and sustainability:
* Approaches to growing, cooking, and preserving
* Policies and how they impact the Food system, where can we start?
* Food and schools
* Connecting farmers and eaters
* Relief and emergency food systems
* Economics and the real cost of food
* Community building and food
* Local/regional food systems
* Food and the environment

If you have a particular interest or expertise in any of these areas and would like to assist in writing a blog, we would love to hear from you!  Contact Angie Dedrick a adedrick@telus.net.  To learn more about the P2S Conference, watch this video.

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