MAKE OUR FOOD LAST
Make Our Food Last is the pivotal theme of Penang Green Carnival 2015. This will be an opportunity for us to reflect upon and find solutions to preserve sustainable food system. Focusing on ensuring food security, food accessibility, and system’s impact on our health, economic growth and environmental health.
Global food system and ecological system is like a chemical equation. Both systems have to be balanced to stay stable. However, over the decades, humanity and the systems have evolved. We are at the environmental tipping point where humankind has a hand in doing the tipping.
We can change that together. We have a responsibility to maintain the balance of the systems. Our habits and lifestyle choices are pertinent to ensure sustainable food system and the health of the Earth.
We have the power to change the world.
With your help, we can together reduce food wastage, encourage sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe), and reduce production of harmful foods, and many more good things for our benefits.
Here’s an infographic to illustrate why we need to take the matter seriously and how we can all play our part in making our food last.
Be a responsible consumer for your health and reduce your ecological impact on the world!
Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN | United Nations Convention on Climate Change | Published Journal from University of Minnesota
Penang Green Carnival 2015 aims to be a lively and creative platform for participants and visitors to find innovative solutions through discussions and exchanging ideas. The central theme Make Our Food Last has seven main themed routes to offer exhibitors, participants and visitors more focused topics revolving around the primary theme.
Agriculture and Aquaculture
Farming on land or in water present the greatest threat to species and ecosystem. The primary focus of this route is to promote sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. Talks will be held to discuss and find solutions to ‘How do we maintain the balance between food production, natural resources used and its environmental impact?’
Organic and Biodynamic Farming
How do real foods taste? How much chemicals and harmful substance have we taken from traditionally grown foods? To find out, we need to enhance our knowledge and learn how our foods are grown and produced. We need to understand how advancement farming technologies and scientific studies can improve our nutritional needs today. Fundamentally, both farming methods respect the environment, the food, and the people who consume it.
Industrial revolutions over the centuries have increased urbanisation, which also means clearing more forestlands to make way for people. This has driven the needs of urban agriculture to support the population growth. Activities for this themed route will focus on innovative ways you can grow food and breed animals for food in urban areas.
Nutrition and Health
How much nutrition do we get from traditionally grown and harvested food? Industrial technology advancement has globalised food chain and food production. Foods access became so much easier today, but over processing has caused food quality deteriorate. We need to learn how to choose our food wisely to ensure we get all the right nutrients to maintain our health.
Low Carbon Diet
Today’s food system contributes the third of global greenhouse gas emissions. We need to learn how to reduce our carbon footprint by eating low carbon. Campaign and exhibitions of the carnival aim to promote low carbon diet through our lifestyle choices. From the farm to our dinner table, there are many smart choices to take that will reduce our carbon footprint.
Food Chain Sustainability
Everyone wants food we can trust. From a business perspective to consumer, it makes much sense. Having a sustainable food chain helps organisation to sustain their business as well. This gives them an opportunity to build a stronger brand and long-term consumer trusts. This route will focus on how companies need to embed ethical and environmental sustainability in all their foods.
Genetic Modified Food
Are genetically modified foods (GMO) safe to eat? What impact does GMO have on the environment? The increasing populous world has driven more and more genetically modified foods today. This has been a controversial topic since its existence. The exhibitions this year will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of GMO.