Green agenda: green gifts, sustainable food, TED talks

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Over the coming week the latest 'green' gifts and products for sustainable living will be presented to the Chinese and international markets at the Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts and Toys. Following which, the issue of sustainability in food will be discussed at Food Pro starting on July 10 in Australia and TED: The Stuff of Life will explore the latest ideas for thinking and living.

Summer Sourcing Show for Gifts, Houseware and Toys
July 4-7
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
China, Hong Kong

A trade-only event for exhibitors in the gifts, houseware and toy industries. In 2010 the event attracted 409 companies from 14 countries around the world. The event is divided into themed zones known as 'hot spots,' each of which focuses on a different product group. This year the 'hot spots' include the Green gifts and houseware zone - which focuses on sustainable living. Though the fair attracts exhibitors from around the world, in terms of visitor numbers (and importance) it is overshadowed by the New York International Gift Fair (January 29-February). The Summer Sourcing Show runs concurrently with the KKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week.

July 10-13
Sydney, Australia

One of the longest running trade shows in Australasia, Foodpro has been bringing 8,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors together since the 1960s. The last time they held an expo, however, was in 2008. Concurrent with FoodPro, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Incorporated (AIFST) will hold their 44th annual AIFST convention , where delegates will be able to meet key players in food manufacturing and allied industries. The theme for this year's convention is "Tackling Tomorrow Today," which will address sustainability in food, as well as health and safety, nutrition and safety.

TED Global 2011: The Stuff Of Life
July 11-15
Edinburgh, Scotland

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas in the interests of global knowledge and inspiration. The annual TED Global conference is an event that showcases ideas and projects from the most creative minds in the world. Speakers at TED Global will explore the theme of "The Stuff Of Life," uncovering the vivid stream of good news, ideas, science, technology, art, and new ways of thinking. The ninth session on Thursday, July 14 is titled "Living" and will feature talks from noted environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev and marine biologist Paul Snelgrove among others. 2011/

6th Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective, and TV on the Radio are taking the main stage at this year's three-day Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival is a leading annual event for indie music lovers, now entering its sixth year, and is set to take place in Chicago's Union Park. This year the organizers have announced several environmental initiatives including aiming to recycle over 50 percent of waste, an extended bicycle park, the use of hybrid vehicles and generating all the festival's power from bio-diesel.
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