Foodprint, An "International Conversation about Food" Comes To Toronto


Foodprint was founded in New York last summer by Sarah Rich (of Worldchanging fame) and Nicola Twilley (of Edible Geography) as a series of international conversations about food and the city....a truly cross-disciplinary discussion that explores the past, present, and future of food and the city." Sarah and Nicola have gathered a stellar list of local and international moderators and panelists for this year's event in Toronto, Canada.


Wychwood Barns, venue for the conference

Sarah explained to Elizabeth Pagliacolo of Azure Magazine why they brought the event to Toronto:

We chose Toronto in part because of the urgings of some acquaintances there who told us the program would be of great interest to people in TO, and who shared some books and things with us that supported that suggestion. Also we both are aware of some of the great design-related stuff there, and then learning that there were equally interesting food-related initiatives kind of sealed the deal. Originally we'd thought Los Angeles would be our second city so now we're planning on having it be our third.

Many of those involved are known to TreeHugger:

Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG (and our 2009 green design tweeter of the year) is moderating a discussion about Edible Archaeology, asking the question "How has today's food culture in Toronto been shaped by social changes, economic fluctuations, and technological innovations throughout the city's history?"

Other participants known to TreeHugger readers are Shawn Mcallef, Lola Sheppard, Mark Fram and Chris Hardwicke, who has been on TreeHugger a dozen times with his work on Velo-City and urban farming.

More information at Foodprint Toronto

But enough of Toronto; Elizabeth of Azure asked Sarah and Nicola "What's your ideal food city?"

Twilley: Tough question. I love discovering the different foodscapes of new cities, and so I always find something I wish we had back at home everywhere! But I do think if you re-design cities and communities around equitable access to delicious, sustainable, and healthy food, you'd get a long way towards designing an ideal city, not just an ideal food city.

Rich: A very tough question. Of course I think that the Bay Area is wonderful (not just San Francisco but also Oakland, Berkeley, etc). I love eating in New York--I never have enough days when I'm there for all the meals I want to have. I also loved eating in Austin, Texas. I will never stop craving the breakfast tacos from the Torchy's taco truck.

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