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A People’s Food Plan for Australia

Posted on 18. Mar, 2013 by .

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The People’s Food Plan presents a common-sense and achievable vision for fair food that places the soil and land, farmers, food workers and eaters at the centre of a restorative food system.

AFSA’s National Co-ordinator, Nick Rose, says:

“For too long we’ve depended on a food system that favours the profits of major corporations, degrades the environment, forces farmers off the land and has resulted in a diabetes, heart health and obesity crisis. This system is shockingly inefficient, with as much as 40% of all food wasted. It is also deeply unfair, with two million Australians relying on food relief, a number that is climbing rapidly.”

AFSA and its allies say the Government’s soon-to-be-released National Food Plan is an opportunity missed. Instead of offering innovative solutions to a growing food crisis, it presents a business as usual, ‘Corporate Food Plan’, driven by the interests of big business.

In this David and Goliath clash, the people have decided how to fix our broken food system. Building on the endorsements of AFSA’s positions from dozens of organisations representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, over 600 individuals had their say in 40 open forums held around the country from September to November 2012. The result is a People’s Food Plan Working Paper which prioritises decent livelihoods for farmers, and population health and environmental regeneration over chemically-grown, additive laden, ‘Frankenfoods’.

Read…  A People’s Food Plan for Australia  -  Overview (pdf)

Read…  A People’s Food Plan for Australia    (pdf)       A common-sense approach to a fair, sustainable and resilient food system.

Read.. . A People’s Food Plan for Australia    A summary of the working paper 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

Posted on 09. Mar, 2013 by .

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The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance  (SFFA) is a network of consumers, rural producers, health professionals, community workers and advocates who want to see food security for all within a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system.

2013 promises to be a busy year for SFFA with the release of the Federal Govt <em>National Food Plan</em> due, and the alternative ‘ grass roots’ <em>People’s Food Plan</em> launched by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. SFFA will play an active role in the discussion about what kind of food future we want and how we need to shape it now. Join us to be part of it!

 

We will:

  • Continue support for farmers, in the face of threats by CSG and supermarket price fixing
  • Explore the role that local councils can play in promoting food security and food access
  • Lobby for increases in income support payments to help the 1-2 million Australians who go hungry
  • Showcase challenging ideas, stimulating discussions and examples of great ways to work round food

 

Members include people working in sectors such as:

  • health and aged care
  • community services and welfare
  • local government
  • urban planning
  • agriculture and primary industries
  • community gardens, Permaculture and organic food industries and organisations
  • food and hospitality industries
  • media
  • education
  • ethicists and religious organisations
  • concerned and interested individuals

 

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See what Costa has to say about SFFA.

Posted on 03. Feb, 2013 by .

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One of our great supporters – Costa.

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Setting up a Food Co-operative

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .

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This brief paper is designed to give practical information to schools and community organisations about food co-operatives. It outlines options for setting up and running food co-operatives and describes five successful models.

DOWNLOAD:… Setting Up a Food Co-op.

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Ways community organisations can provide healthy food

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .

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Practical ways community organisations can provide healthy food

This information sheet is designed to provide ideas to community organisations on how to provide healthy food and drinks.   Community organisations often work with people on low incomes.   Research shows that people on low incomes generally eat less healthy diets and suffer more diet-related diseases than the rest of the Australian population.   Even if food is only a small part of what your service does, it can contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff and clients.

DOWNLOAD:…  Practical ways community organisations can provide healthy food (pdf)

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Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices Guidelines for all Council managed food services

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by .

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Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices Guidelines for all Council managed food services
A partnership between Blue Mountains City Council  and Sydney West Area health Services

Blue Mountains City Council recognises the importance of healthy and sustainable food to the general health and wellbeing of the community and the environment

A partnership between Blue Mountains City Council and Sydney West Area Health Service was formed to develop these food guidelines which cover council operated food services and are a response to the community endorsed City Vision and Map for Action 2000- 2025: Towards a more sustainable Blue Mountains, which includes the following outcomes:

The health and wellbeing of Blue Mountains people is improved;

Blue Mountains people live sustainably in harmony with the environment.

DOWNLOAD:… Blue Mountains Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices

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Response to proposed appendix to NHMRC Dietary Guidelines

Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by .

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Australian Dietary Guidelines through an Environmental Lens

Food is central to environmental considerations since 30% of gas emissions are related to the production and distribution of our food. And as wisely noted by the FAO’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2009, “food security is not possible without securing an environmental future”.

The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance does not welcome the initiative to relegate the environmental considerations of dietary choices to a peripheral document while it should be central to sustainable eating.

Read on…  Response to proposed appendix to NHMRC Dietary Guidelines

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