MONTREAL, April 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the upcoming public consultation on the state of urban agriculture in Montréal, the Direction de la santé publique of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, in cooperation with the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, is holding a conference on urban agriculture, themed: Cultivating Montréal: Towards an Urban Renewal.
The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Grande Bibliothèque, at 475 de Maisonneuve Blvd East (Berri-UQAM Metro), and will be given by Dr. Alfonso Morales, professor and researcher at Madison University in Wisconsin.
Dr. Morales has focused intently on urban agriculture over the past few years, specially on the role of local governments in assuring and facilitating the provision of healthy food in public markets. He will address the effects of urban agriculture on health, the economic and social benefits, and the challenges involved. He will also present examples of cities that have integrated urban agriculture. The 50-minute conference will be given in English. A summary of Dr. Morales' talk will be presented at the end, and the subsequent discussion and question period will offer a translation service.
Admission is free, and everyone is invited to participate in the activity, as a prelude to the public consultation to be held this spring on the issue by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.
For further information:
514 977-8365 (Cell.)