Andrea Gaynor public lecture: Urban agriculture, health and history: learning from our productive past
In recent years, community gardens, school vegetable gardens, urban apiaries and similar initiatives have been popping up in cities at unprecedented rates. While many such initiatives are part of a global movement seeking greater urban sustainability wellbeing, and social justice, they are also intensely local practices, carried out and managed at a local level. Local governments have always played an important role in managing food production, and now some are responding to residents’ demands for greater attention to food security and giving sustained attention to the role that urban agriculture can play in health and wellbeing policy initiatives. In this lecture, Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor - in her capacity as a University of Bristol Institute for Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor - explores how we can use history to inspire and inform urban food production for resilient, sustainable and healthy cities. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of Australian cities, she will trace changes in the prevalence and practices of urban food production over time, with a focus on the second world war. This historical story illuminates the pitfalls and potential of urban agriculture, from the possibility of increased production and the necessity of preparedness to the risks of military-influenced attempts at mass mobilisation.
Peel Lecture Theatre
School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom