The next City Conversation on the First Thursday of the month:

The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

When: August 2, 2012
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: Harbour Centre, Room 1600

You sit down to a dinner of locally grown food, incredibly fresh and direct from the farmer, flavors bursting in your mouth. A meal doesn’t get much more satisfying or romantic than this.

And that romance is much of the attraction, but part of the problem. Local food isn’t just about the farmers and the consumers. It’s about land, costs, hard work, and a bunch of people we don’t think about but who are vital if this exuberant return to simpler values is to be sustainable.

If it fails, are we back to processed corn, sugar, and fruit rocks picked green in South America and ripened with ethylene gas? How do we keep your enjoyment in, and the well-meaning mistakes out?

Our presenters are Peter Ladner, former City Councillor and author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities; and Tyson Reimer, co-owner of Woodland Commissary, which provides kitchen space for food entrepreneurs.