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Redefining local productivity

Wednesday 22 August, 2012
In a time of climate change, global food security and sustainability, what are the opportunities for local production? How do we increase intensity of land use whilst protecting our natural resources? These questions form the basis of three forums being run by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) on 30 and 31 August. The Goulburn Broken CMA have invited Julian Cribb, who is internationally regarded for his work in science communication and author of the book, The Coming Famine, to be a keynote speaker at each of three forums in the region.

In a time of climate change, global food security and sustainability, what are the opportunities for local production? How do we increase intensity of land use whilst protecting our natural resources? These questions form the basis of three forums being run by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) on 30 and 31 August. The Goulburn Broken CMA have invited Julian Cribb, who is internationally regarded for his work in science communication and author of the book, The Coming Famine, to be a keynote speaker at each of three forums in the region.

Julian has been involved in agricultural and rural affairs for over 40 years. As the former editor of two national and one state newspaper, Julian has received 32 awards for journalism and wide recognition for his work to bring awareness and solutions to the issues faced by farmers and rural communities.

Julian's published work includes more than 8,000 print articles, 1,000 broadcasts, and eight books, including his latest book, The Coming Famine, which deals with the challenge of feeding humanity through the mid-century.

The first of the community forums will be held on Thursday, 30 August at the Department of Primary Industries in Tatura. Julian will address the Agricultural Floodplain community in the north of the catchment and challenge participants to think hard and creatively about the solution to world food security and human health. Julian Cribb will share with us his thoughts on the 10 R's of food security: Rehydrate, Revegetate, Recarbonate, Recycle, Re-nourish, Re-energise, Reinvest, Retrain, Re-educate, Re-invest in farming.

Julian will then continue this theme on Global Food Security – the problem, its challenges and its solutions as part of the Goulburn Valley Environment Group's (GVEG) Sustainability Conversations at the Aussie Hotel in Fryer Street Shepparton. Community members with an interest in the challenges of feeding humanity using the natural resources of the planet in a sustainable manner should attend this event.

On Friday, 31 August the 'Redefining local productivity; making the most of rural change' forum will have as well as Julian Cribb, keynote speaker Rob Fenton, farmer and teacher from the National Environment Centre. The forum will cover the Why, Who, How and What of redefining local productivity.

"We encourage people interested in attending these talks to book in quickly as the Forum to be held in Trawool on Friday August 31 was fully booked in two days" explains Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Mr Chris Norman

The Goulburn Broken CMA and its partners, DPI, Landcare, Shires and DSE, together with the community have acknowledged and accepted there is much more that we can do to support and promote good land management, and healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities, throughout all community sectors.

For more information, or to book your place at these thought provoking talks please contact 03 5736 0100 or email chrisb@gbcma.vic.gov.au

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