SFFA forum on NSW food system

Posted on 12. Dec, 2010 by in Interviews—2010, Past Events, Resources

In November 2010 the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance hosted When Food Systems Collide – Q&A forum on the costs and benefits of our current food system and the value of alternative models of production and distribution.

Over 60 people came together to hear Daily Telegraph restaurant critic Simon Thomsen moderate a public forum with a panel including international guest Myles Bremner – a member of the London Food Board that works to improve the health of Londoners and make London’s food sustainable.

The NSW Greens, Food Connect, Wanaka Orchards, and the Organic Traders’ and Consumers’ Network, were also represented on the panel. Audience members were invited to ask challenging questions of panellists, Q&A style.

‘With climate change affecting our capacity to grow food, cuts to water extractions projected to increase food prices, and farms under threat from urban development in the Sydney Basin and mining interests on the Liverpool Plains, consumers are increasingly questioning whether our existing food system is serving us well,’ said Mark Ludbrooke, Sydney Food Fairness Alliance spokesperson. ‘This forum was an opportunity to ask those directly involved in food production and distribution about the security and sustainability of our food system.’

The event was part of the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance advocacy for the NSW Government to convene an independent Food Policy Council to develop an integrated Food Policy for NSW.

‘The SFFA submits that the NSW Government must convene an independent Food Policy Council to meaningfully engage community, business and government stakeholders to respond to the challenge of securing an affordable, healthy food supply for NSW, now and into the future,’ Mark added.

The event was made possible thanks to funding from the City of Sydney and volunteer work from Sydney Food Fairness Alliance members.

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