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The Right to Food Coalition

Posted on 25. Jul, 2016 by .

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New times have brought new agendas, new people, and new ideas …

The SFFA believes that the Right to Food Coalition is the perfect new platform for its advocacy work on food security.  Interested to know what it is all about and be part of it? visit the Right to Food Coalition website and join the organisation (membership is free) to be part of the large network of individuals and organisations dedicated to the idea of a food system that is fair to all.

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DR VANDANA SHIVA: “PLANET ON PLATE – EATING AND FARMING FOR OUR FUTURE”

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 by .

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WHEN: FRIDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2015, 6 pm for 7 pm start. 6-7 pm: networking, 7 pm: Introduction by Joel Salatin and talk by Dr Vandana Shiva

WHERE: Teachers Federation (NSW) Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, SYDNEY

ENTRY FEE: $45 General Admission, $35 Conc.

AGAPE SNACK PACK: $12 - pre-order (Vegetarian option: Roast Pumpkin Frittata & Salad; Vegan option: Salad of the Day)

BOOK TICKETS HERE: http://www.trybooking.com/113052

MORE INFO: Catriona Macmillan, 0402 404 361, macmillancatriona@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION BY JOEL SALATIN

DR VANDANA SHIVA is a scientist, ecologist, author and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. She also featured in the documentary “Dirt!”. In celebration of 2015, the Year of the Soil, Dr Vandana Shiva will give a talk on the importance of seed freedom and food democracy for the future of our food and land. Dr Shiva will also address the US human trials of GM banana.

Find out more about Dr Vandana Shiva at http://vandanashiva.comhttp://www.navdanya.org and http://seedfreedom.info.

JOEL SALATIN of Polyface Farms is an American organic farmer and author featured in the documentary “Food Inc”. Joel will give an introduction to Dr Shiva’s talk. Joel is in Australia to teach his one day workshops “You Can Farm” in Sydney on 21 February 2015 and Melbourne on 22 February 2015. Find out more about Joel Salatin at http://www.milkwood.net and http://www.polyfacefarms.com.

 

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Beware of the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

Posted on 03. Feb, 2015 by .

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Top secret negotiations for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership are wrapping up in New York City today. World leaders claim they made major progress — and they are just months away from passing this devastating deal. 

The TPP will have massive implications for all of us — handing corporations new powers to sue governments for passing laws that protect workers and the environment.

With talks rapidly nearing completion, it’s more important than ever to understand the problems with this dangerous deal.  The social movement SumOfUS has teamed up with a group of organizations, including GetUp!, to make a video that explains one of the most serious issues with the TPP — investor state dispute settlement (ISDS), allowing big corporations to sue governments for billions. Here it is.

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Food@Sydney Seminar Series 2014

Posted on 16. Jul, 2014 by .

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An exciting initiative from the Food, People, and Planet node of the Sydney University Environment Institute, a series of 7 seminars discussing food waste, obesity, nutrition, sustainability of our food systems, etc…

Check-out the dates and times/venues at http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/food-people-planet/

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Massive protests in NSW against gas and mining exploration

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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Early on Monday 31 March 2014 morning, 2000 protectors  joined together at the Bentley Blockade just south of Lismore. This is unprecedented– and a massive difference to the first Lock the Gate blockade in March 2011 near Tara in Queensland when a small group of 25 people slept in tents!

The protestors want to stop gas miner Metgasco drilling on farmland and had news that 100 police from the riot squad were booked into Lismore motels to help the miner get started.  Although Metgasco called off work for today, the protestors will back tomorrow.

There was also another massive action on Monday 31 March 2014 up in the Leard Forest, near Narrabri on the Liverpool plains, with 82 people arrested for delaying Whitehaven’s forest clearing in preparation for the new Maules Creek coal mine. In addition to the three protestors who had locked on to equipment, the police also arrested all the other protestors for trespass (a statutory offence.)

This morning Lock the Gate also launched its new report  Railroaded on the impact of the proposed railway line from the Galilee Basin to Abbott Point in QLD. Radio National did do a story on this report but it was only late today that one mainstream newspaper finally reported on the strong community action and presence at Leard Blockade and Bentley Blockade.  However, social media went off with tweets and photos direct from the blockade site and this incredible live radio interview a Newcastle mother during the police arrests at Leard Blockade.

 

UPCOMING LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENINGS IN SYDNEY

 

LANE COVE – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

Monday 7 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre

18 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Organised by Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society

Link to Facebook event

 

MANLY – MAULES CREEK INFO NIGHT

Tuesday 8 April, 7:00 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Manly Library Meeting Room

1 Market Place, Sydney

Organised by Manly Environment Centre, 350.org and Lock the Gate

Link to Facebook event

 

SUTHERLAND – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

and UNDERMINING AUSTRALIA: COAL vs COMMUNITIES

Wednesday 9 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event


GASFIELD FREE HAWKESBURY

Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market. Come and discuss a gasfield free community strategy to protect this.

Monday 14 April, 5:00 – 6.30pm 

Bennelong Room,  Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Sydney Town Hall, Sydney 2000

Entry: Go to LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor – Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264 to get in.

 

SUTHERLAND – TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP INFO NIGHT

FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL                                                                                  

Tuesday 29 April, 6:30 PM 

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event

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Keeping Hawkesbury Region Gasfield-Free

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 by .

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SFFA will host an open evening for all interested to hear about and contribute to plans to keep the Hawkesbury region gasfield-free. The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market.

Isabel McIntosh, who has been campaigning with the Lock the Gate Alliance, will talk about how communities have built resistance across NSW and will  assist with discussion on  how we can take action and who we would need to work with.

ALL WELCOME.

Light refreshments provided

Date: Monday 14 April

Time: 5 – 6.30pm 

Venue: Bennelong Room, Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Town Hall

Entry: Go to the LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor and go to Reception. Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264  to get in. Sorry no entries after 6pm

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Putting food on the table is everyone’s business

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by .

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The SFFA is pleased to announce that the dates of the 2014 food security conference have been confirmed. So, write it down in your diary: 13 and 14 October 2014.

At this stage, we cannot confirm the names of the key note speakers but will make them public as soon as engagements are firmed up.

It will be a big event with talks, tours, group discussions, and much more.

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