Melbourne's Food Future

The findings of the Foodprint Melbourne project have highlighted that Melbourne’s foodbowl is an important building block in a resilient and sustainable food future for the city.

This major report presents a future vision for a resilient city foodbowl for Melbourne, based on the project’s findings.

The report also summarises project findings about what grows in Melbourne's foodbowl and what it takes to feed the city, and it outlines the economic value generated by Melbourne's foodbowl.

The report highlights that:

  • Melbourne's foodbowl is an important building block in a resilient and sustainable food future for the city
  • The loss of Melbourne's foodbowl is not inevitable as the city grows if growth on the city fringe can be limited to existing growth corridors and strong targets are set for urban infill and increased urban density
  • Melbourne can plan for a resilient city foodbowl that provides healthy food for a growing population, promotes a vibrant regional food economy and acts as a buffer against future food system shocks
  • Increased investment in delivery of recycled water from water treatment plants could create drought proof areas of food production
  • A 'joined up' policy framework is required to plan for a resilient city foodbowl. Policy is needed to protect farmland, increase water access, reduce and reuse food waste, strengthen the regional economy and attract farmers to farm in the city's foodbowl

Melbourne's Food Future: Planning a resilient city foodbowl
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