Future Food: With a Serve of Science

Food Connect, 16 August, 6:00pm

16 Aug

Love Science? Love Food?  Join us for an event at the intersection 

To launch this year’s National Science Week in Queensland, we are inviting you to join us for a delectable evening that will not only feed your brain but fill your stomach too! Our panel of scientists will discuss how cutting-edge science is creating the food of the future.  The line-up promises to be as enlightening as it is fun.

Hosted by  ABC-TV’s Landline’s Pip Courtney, we kick off with a conversation starter by the Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham.  We will then be treated to a punchy panel session with some of the bright minds dedicated to creating the foods of tomorrow –with technologies all the way through the value chain – from the paddock to the palate. There will also be food-related stands where you can talk to people about the latest and emerging technologies in the field before and after the panel discussion. 

Event Cost: $35.00

The ticket price includes nibbles and a drink on arrival. 

This event is operating with a COVID-19 safe plan and will be held in line with government guidelines. By registering I understand that there will be photography/filming occurring at this event. Your presence constitutes your release, permission and consent to be photographed or recorded on any media. If you do not wish your image to be taken, please speak to one of our friendly organising team. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you there. 

Location: Food Connect 

You’ve probably already heard the story. When Robert lost his family’s fourth-generation farm twenty years ago, he went into exile. The grief and shame led him on a journey to explore positive ways forward for farming in Australia. As a dairy farmer, he felt a huge disconnection between his milk and the people drinking it. That feeling triggered a passion for creating a fairer food system for all farmers and for exploring ways to help people connect to those who grew and processed their food.

He believed that this disconnection and the increasing impact of climate change meant a solution was urgently needed. Small farmers who grew nutritious food and looked after their soil, land and wildlife needed customers who were happy to share the risk, reconnect with their growers and pay the true cost of production. Enter Food Connect, a social enterprise that Robert, a few local farmers and a small group of motivated mums kick-started, using the principles of Community Supported Agriculture in 2005.

In 2007, Rob & Emma-Kate met. EK fell in love… with Robert and then Food Connect. While she was busy growing their baby, she sold her car-sharing business and joined the team. She was inspired by the incredible work of regenerative farmers and their dedication to solving the climate challenge while growing highly nutritious food. The privilege of providing employment opportunities and creating a community of food citizens means they can also transform capitalism by doing business for good.

In 2010, the staff voted her on as General Happiness Manager, and with their help, put good systems in place, leased out the commercial kitchen, and expanded into wholesale. Today, they have an amazing team committed to their vision of creating a fairer food system, while earning a living wage, and playing an integral part of transforming the food system. In other words, putting the ‘culture‘ back into agriculture!