Melbourne at 7 million: losing farmland due to urban sprawl

MELBOURNE'S Foodbowl can currently provide enough food to meet 41 per cent of the city's food needs, but urban sprawl is putting this city-fringe farmland at risk.

The Foodprint Melbourne project has released its first infographic on Melbourne's foodbowl, highlighting the potential threat to supplies of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables as Melbourne grows to 7 million people by 2050.

Melbourne's Foodbowl Infographic

Foodprint Melbourne is a collaborative project between VEIL (University of Melbourne), Deakin University and the Food Alliance. The project is funded by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.

Foodprint Melbourne has a number of project partners who are represented on the project's Stakeholder Advisory Group. Project partners include the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the City of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Wyndham City, Cardinia Shire Council, the Interface Councils, LeadWest and RDA Southern Melbourne.

The Foodprint Melbourne project aims to:

  • Identify the potential economic, health, social and environmental benefits of meeting more of Melbourne's food supply needs from within the state of Victoria
  • Generate data that can be used to build a sound case for investment in Melbourne's regional food economy; and
  • Identify vulnerabilities in Melbourne's food supply and approaches to address them.

A report of the findings from the first stage of the project is due be made available in late November. More information is available from the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) website at <>.

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