I’m in Philadelphia since yesterday morning, attending the conference Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference just ended but it’s been two amazingly interesting days and my head is filled with impressions from the over 50 speakers that I’ve listened to. I have also met incredibly interesting people from academia, international organizations, and the local farming community. The focus has been glocal. Or not expressively so, but while most of the initiatives and thinking around urban food systems have been locally driven, the global food markets have been part of the discussion. And the examples have come from all over the world, with everyone learning from each other. It has been truly inspiring and as always after attending these kinds of events, I’m full if energy and ideas.
Since this is my first visit to Philadelphia, I’m staying an extra night and am dedicating tomorrow to sightseeing.