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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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Are we really serious about closing the health gap?

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by .

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The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) report highlights the need for policy cohesion within all sectors of government. In order to respond effectively to the WHO Commission report a whole of government approach to addressing health equity would be required. A ‘Health Equity in all Policies’ approach could adopt a process such as Equity-focused Health Impact Assessment, where all new policies are evaluated against the potential to increase health inequalities and remediation measures identified and implemented within the policy framework.
A significant area of public policy related to this inquiry into the SDoH, currently under development federally, is the National Food Plan. It is of concern to the SFFA and MFFF, that the National Food Plan Green Paper, released earlier this year, does not take a SDoH approach to addressing national action on food and health.

 

READ MORE:   Submission to the Inquiry into Australia’s domestic response to the WHO Commission on SDoH report “Closing the Gap”

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The National Food Plan Green Paper … whose plan is this?

Posted on 15. Aug, 2012 by .

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Members of the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance attended the 14 August 2012 public meeting organised by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries (DAFF) and held in Sydney CBD to discuss the recent publication of the National Food Plan green paper.

 

This public meeting, part of the ‘public consultation’ process, was chaired by Mr Paul Morris, Executive Director of ABARES.  AS a ABARES employee, there is no doubt that Mr Morris would be very familiar with statistical data and current trends of our food economy.

Surprisingly, he opened the meeting with slides quoting totally incorrect data on very important aspects of the debate: for instance, the claim that food prices have gone down over the last 10 years whilst the food price inflation rate in Australia has been one of highest in the OECD countries.  The picture on food insecurity in Australia was also totally incorrect.  The welfare sector and in particular Food Bank tell us that up to 2 million Australian have had access to food relief last year alone.  Mr Morris told us that only 2% of the Australian population was food insecure.

Why would a very senior public servant be so inaccurate about such important aspects of our social life? Are they trying to shape our perception (us the public) that all is well in the world of agriculture, food supply and consumption?

Is it possible that our senior bureaucracy understanding of the food system be just limited to an economic exercise totally concentrating mainly on production and prospective exports and by the same tocken being disconnected from its social context? Most likely. Why was the CEO of ABARES chairing a meeting about policy anyway? Strange choice of MC!

The Department of Agriculture had a very contained set agenda for discussion at the meeting; only food security, competitive food industry, and health/nutrition were to be discussed.  Views on the sustainability of coal seam gas mining or biotechnology were not to be debated or even discussed. The position of DAFF on these matters has been clearly articulated in the green paper: mining can co-exist with agriculture; biotechnology (GM or any other experimental manipulation on living organisms has been implicitely accepted by our government) is the way of the future.

This is a very disappointing progress for the consumer, but the Australian government may be proud of themselves for being so skillful at avoiding the real issues and framing the national food plan as an economic exercise.

We are currently preparing our written submission to the green paper just in hope that perhaps, one day, the future of food will be considered as important as the fight against cigarette smoking.  Only time will tell.

 

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Minister launches National Food Plan green paper

Posted on 02. Aug, 2012 by .

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Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, released the National Food Plan green paper for public consultation.

Your chance to contribute to the National Food Plan.

Click on the link below to:

  • Read the green paper,
  • Register for  the public meetings
  • Send your comments before 30 September

Clink on link…   National Food Plan green paper 

Important related articles:

“The draft National Food Plan: putting corporate hunger first” by Nicholas Rose and Michael Croft challenges the assumptions underlying the green paper.

The draft National Food Plan: putting corporate hunger first

Brief on the National Food Plan Green Paper  from Food Alliance. The aim of this paper is to assist you in responding to the green paper.

Brief on the National Food Plan Green Paper

 

 

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National Food Plan – our response to the issues paper

Posted on 01. Jan, 2012 by .

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We would like to see the National Food Plan Working Group expanded to be more representative of a broad range of stakeholders. We also recommend that the Working Group adopt a similar approach to that taken by the Scottish government and many cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and London in developing their food policies, which have been strengthened through encouraging public debate which gathers and disseminates information simultaneously.

DOWNLOAD… SFFA’s response to the issues paper  National Food Plan August 2011

DOWNLOAD… SFFA’s  response  on the Department of Agriculture’s website

Despite previously not committing to further public consultation, the Federal Government has since announced further rounds of stakeholder consultation in line with our recommendations.

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Food Plan must be sustainable and ensure good food for all

Posted on 01. Sep, 2011 by .

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Thursday, 1 September 2011:

A major overhaul is needed to ensure fair, sustainable and resilient food systems in a climate-change affected environment and there needs to be an extended period of public debate on our future food system, food groups will say in their submissions on a National Food Plan due tomorrow.

DOWNLOAD… Joint SFFA and AFSA Media Release:
Food Plan must be sustainable and ensure good food for all (PDF 90kB)

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National Food Plan – Summary of the Issues

Posted on 05. Aug, 2011 by .

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The Food Alliance Victoria has prepared a brief summary of the issues paper and the background to the National Food Plan to assist public interest groups in responding to the issues paper and in on-going advocacy in relation to the development of the plan.

DOWNLOAD … Summary of the issues paper  (pdf 101KB)

For more information on the Food Alliance go to http://www.foodalliance.org.au

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