World Population Day

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Today, there are more than 6 billion people on the planet, with half of the world’s population under the age of 25 - at or just reaching their childbearing years.

 

Nearly 600,000 women still die each year from pregnancy-related causes. And an estimated 90 percent of infants whose mothers die at childbirth will not survive to their first birthday.

 

Wild species are becoming extinct 50 to 100 times faster than they naturally would, because of the impact of rapid population growth and increased population density in many countries.

 

Though population growth is slowing worldwide, more than 90 percent of current growth occurs in the developing world where needs are great and resources are scarce. And these nations have a huge unmet need for family planning services—over 150 million married women of reproductive age in the developing world indicate that they would prefer to postpone childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.

 

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world's population reached five billion people.

 

The world population on the 20th anniversary of Five Billion Day, July 11, 2007, was estimated to have been 6,727,551,263.

Join us as we explore Cape Town's thriving city farms, and historical sites through the intriguing lens food.

Cape Town's fascinating story of indigenous people, stormy voyages, the global slave trade, wild animals, wars and the discovery of gold is interwoven with the dramatic tales of farming and water.

On this exciting day out, we will:

- Explore how the story of our past, present and future is interwoven with growing food
- Trace the steps of the first settlers in Cape Town who started farming here to provide passing ships with fresh fruit and vegetables
- Discover how the natural landscape determined settlement of the Khoi San and learn about indigenous plants that made up their diet
- Learn about the urban agriculture movement, sustainable farming methods and permaculture
- Identify indigenous edible plants and weeds along the way
- Learn about the mountain rivers that still flow under the city
- Experience sites steeped in the history of the Anglo-Boer war and the Gold Rush

Purchasing seedbombs with your ticket is optional, they have been carefully put together with love and include organic/ heirloom/ indigenous food seeds :)

We'll be starting at the bottom Government Avenue and take a journey back in time as we explore the city's rich history. After visiting our first two farms and launching our seedbombs, we'll arrive at Oranjezicht City Farm Market in time to tuck into scrumptious farm fresh local, natural and organic artisan food.

We can't wait to share Cape Town's incredible tales and naturally delicious secrets with you!

When: Saturday, July 11, 2009