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Call for conference papers

Food Security and the Murray-Darling Basin: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges is a three day conference (November 19 – 21) hosted by the Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW. Organisers are extending an invitation to consider presenting a paper at this conference.

As far as the organisers know, this will be the first major conference to focus on food security in a regional Australia context. They intend for the conference to provide insights that may contribute to future policy decisions. The Murray-Darling Basin produces one third of Australia’s food production and it is therefore an important focus for a conference on food security.

Themes for the three days are:

Day 1: Feeding the world. Global food security and the MDB with keynote speakers Dr Nick Austin, CEO, Australian Centre for International Research and A/Prof Jane Dixon, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU

Day 2: Climate change and food security in the MDB, with keynote speaker Dr Mark Howden, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and

Day 3: Alternative food futures in the MDB with keynote speaker Prof Mark Lawrence, Professor in Public Health Nutrition, Deakin University

The deadline for abstract submission is August 29. Organisers invite abstracts under one of the above three themes. Alternatively, they welcome your attendance as a participant.

For further information, please visit the conference website or contact Vaughan Higgins.

Postgraduate Travel Grant

OTA-RE Travel Grant 2015

Organic Trust Australia Research and Education is offering two grants of $1000 each to postgraduate students of any tertiary institution in Australia. The purpose of the grants is to assist with expenses for attending a national or international conference. Applications close 31 October 2014. For more information, please visit their website.

Upcoming events

The second half of the year is looking good for food related events.

In order of appearance:

10 – 19 October – Fair Food Week, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

13-14 October – Right to Food Coalition Conference, Casula, Western Sydney

16-18 November – 4th Regional Food Cultures and Networks Conference hosted by Southern Cross University. Session proposals will be accepted until August 30th, 2014 and should be forwarded to Adele Wessell. 

19-21 November – Food Security and the Murray Darling Basin, Albury, NSW

24- 26  November – Our very own Australasian Agrifood Research Network conference. Abstracts due at the end of this month and should be submited through this form.

New book announcement

Congratulations to our international Agrifood colleagues, Jörg Gertel and Sarah Sippel and the contributors to the volume “Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh”.  Edited by Jörg Gertel & Sarah Ruth Sippel, Routledge, 2014

Over the last three decades there has been a rapid expansion of intensive production of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Mediterranean regions of south and west Europe. Much of this  depends on migrating workers for seasonal labour, including from Eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America. This book is the first to address global agro-migration complexes across the region. By revealing the story of food commodities loaded with implications of private profit seeking, exploitation, exclusion and multiple insecurities, the book unmasks the hidden costs of fresh food.

“This excellent monograph, based on exceptionally rich historical and ethnographic case studies, exposures the ugly underbelly and the radical precarity of a contemporary industrial agriculture operating in the long shadow of economic and social crisis. A tour de force.” – Michael Watts, Professor of Geography, Class of 1963 Chair, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“Proof yet again there is no such thing as a free, or even cheap, lunch! It is a sophisticated book with many important take-home messages, one of which being that we can’t afford to keep eating this way.”- Michael Carolan, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Colorado State University, USA

“The book demonstrates that while “eating fresh” might engender visions of happy and healthy consumers, a more nuanced examination of the spatio-temporal dynamics of agri-food globalization reveals an underside of social disadvantage and ecological destruction…a “must read” for all scholars desiring a critical understanding of current global food provisioning.” – Geoffrey Lawrence, Professor of Sociology, University of Queensland, Australia and President, International Rural Sociology