The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at University of Technology, Sydney  (UTS) is conducting a number of projects that explore our city’s relationship to food and waste. As the Director of ISF, Professor Stuart White, described it:
“A city is like a big organism, material comes into it – food in particular… and that food doesn’t just disappear.”
One of Professor White’s current projects is being funded by the EPA and Sydney Water and focuses on the Pyrmont and Ultimo areas, analysing and evaluating different waste processes.
“Pyrmont Ultimo is such an interesting place because it’s got such a diverse land use,” said Prof. White. The ISF looks at the importance of having fresh produce readily available to urban and city residents, but also the attendant issue of waste that then has to be resolved.
He is particularly interested in the newly re-established Pyrmont Growers Market as a working model for provenance, sustainability and effective waste control.
Not only are markets important as an economic exchange but they bring community together in a shared public space. Markets are a perfect example of “urban metabolism” where people can actually observe food in its original form entering the system, being consumed and leaving the system.
“We’ve just finished developing materials for market holders and stall holders for reducing food waste,” Prof. White said.
“Food as a topic is very strongly related to sustainability,” he added, noting that people at a fresh produce market buy directly from the growers, reducing environmentally damaging logistics. They can also ask questions about origins, growing methods, storage and preparation – something that can rarely be done at a large supermarket outlet.
Learn more at: UTS – Institute For Sustainable Futures

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