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Our Last SFFA Public Talk – Food Security in France

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by .

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Talk presented by Brigit Busicchia  (Macquarie University) who had just returned from 3  months in France.

 

To talk about food security in France is also to talk about food security in Australia as it may highlight different understandings of what food is and should be, as it may bring our attention to the relationship between farmers and the state, and as it may offer a different model to fight food insecurity.

 There are many dimensions to the issue of food security but for the purpose of this talk, some key policy initiatives in the areas of production and consumption of food were be presented.

 This talk began with the ongoing debate about farm subsidies in Europe and how the French government has reformed its agricultural sector by incorporating the concept of multifunctionality of agriculture into its legislation. It also presented the French government position on coal seam gas mining.

 Food manufacturing and processing are important sectors of the food economy. The government has had problems in controlling the health and nutrition outcomes of this sector and these aspects were discussed and in particular, key intiatives put in place by the government in an attempt to regulate food related health conditions.

 Food security is also about affordability and some key policy responses to food price inflation and food relief assistance were presented. 

 And finally we cannot talk about food production and consumption without talking about food wastage.

 

When:     Monday 6 August 2012 at 6pm.

Where:  St Andrew House between St Andrew’s Cathedral and Town Hall, George St., Sydney

 

 

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Taste Food Tours in South West Sydney Creating employment and training in social enterprise

Posted on 24. Jun, 2012 by .

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Food lovers looking for a taste of Sydney’s hidden secrets are in for a treat, with The Benevolent
Society Taste Food Tours.

Taste Food Tours are not your typical food tour, but a social enterprise designed to strengthen
community connections, bridge cultural divides and develop local employment and training
opportunities.

The tours shine a light on some of South West Sydney’s hidden food treasures, with the added bonus
of having a real social benefit.

All tours are led by local guides, giving visitors some real inside knowledge of local hidden gems,
giving residents an opportunity to gain qualifications and local employment and giving the region’s
businesses a bit of a boost at the same time.
Tours are offered in nine locations throughout South Western Sydney:

Bankstown, Greenacre, Panania, Fairfield, Bonnyrigg, Campsie, Lakemba, Belmore Strathfield

A typical walking tour takes 4 hours, costs $80.00 and includes in store tastings, a sit down lunch and
a shopping bag to fill to bursting with goodies you collect along the way.

All profits are reinvested into community-building projects, so by celebrating with a Taste Food Tour
you’ll not only have a unique peek at some of Sydney’s best food, you’ll also be supporting the
broader community.

CustomTaste Food Tours can be developed for groups larger than eight, for anything from corporate
team building functions to groups of friends who are after a cultural experience tailored to their
interests and budget.

Local guides run walking tours, cooking classes and progressive dinners that show off the best places
in the local area to eat and shop for authentic food from around the world.

Taste Food Tours cater for groups on anything from a walking tour, to a hands-on cooking class, to a
progressive lunch or dinner with entertainment.
Gift vouchers are also available – a great gift for foodies with a taste for adventure.

Visit www.tastetours.org.au or call Zizi on 9707 0802 for more information

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Benevolent Society introduces new mobile kitchen

Posted on 02. Jun, 2012 by .

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A 6.5 tonne shipping container that converts into a mobile kitchen is being used to break down cultural barriers and increase community cohesion in south west Sydney. The kitchen is the first of its kind in Australia.

 

The Benevolent Society’s “Taste Mobile Kitchen” will be based at Banksia Road Public School in Greenacre, where it will be used to teach kids to cook produce that they’ve grown in their own school garden.

 

Manager of Growing Communities Together, Cathy Quinn explains that students and their families will learn how to prepare simple, healthy and affordable meals. “Good nutrition is so important for these kids and their families, but the Taste Mobile Kitchen goes further than that and bridges cultural divides. We take one ingredient, such as a vegetable, herb or spice, and show kids how its used in a variety of different cultures.”

 

The reason for making the kitchen mobile is that it opens up opportunities for it to be used elsewhere. When it’s not being used by Banksia Road Public School the Taste Mobile Kitchen will be available for hire, with the income generating funding for community initiatives and subsidising the cooking classes at the school. “We’ve designed the kitchen so it can neatly fold into a shipping container and be transported to events like festivals and food fairs,” explains Cathy.

 

The mobile kitchen has already made its successful debut at the Campsie Food Festival in June 2012, and its next outing will be at the Bankstown Bites Food Festival on Saturday, 14 July.

 

For information please call Zizi Charida on 9707 0802

or visit www.tastetours.org.au

 

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Not just another policy…

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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DOWNLOAD…   Not just another policy sitting on the shelf collecting dust…  (1.27MB pdf.)

Sophia Malié, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

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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 for Life Market – Warwick Farm

Posted on 24. Dec, 2011 by .

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Background

In 2004 a telephone survey of 1100 households in WF showed that 21% households were food insecure – that is, they had run out of food and been unable to buy more, within the last 12 months.

WF is a low-income suburb near Liverpool in NSW, with few fresh food outlets, poor transport, and a high proportion of people living in social housing and people from non-English speaking background

Community food co-op

In 2006, the Health Service started working with local residents and with the Salvation Army to explore ideas to improve food access. Many people voted for a food co-op. Community Builders funded the project for three years ($300,000) to get off the ground, and Housing NSW provided a 3-bedroom house.  After many delays for planning approvals, refurbishment and modification (eg wheelchair ramp), the market  opened in 2009.

Food is sourced from Foodbank and donations from local businesses, with a focus on healthy foods and fresh fruit and veg.  The market  opens three mornings a week.

Over 600 residents have signed up as members, and 80-100 shop regularly at the market, where for a weekly membership fee of $10, they can access a ‘green bag’ full of groceries and some household items. In just over two years, there have been 8,000 visits  with  more than 200 tonnes of food provided. The market is staffed by community volunteers who have been trained through TAFE.  After two years, the market is making a modest profit.

Evaluation

Evaluations carried out in 2009 and 2010 showed that the market was being accessed by the ‘target’ group, ie people on low incomes. Furthermore, among those interviewed, the rate of food insecurity reported was lower than the previous year.  Access to food  and ease of getting food home had both improved.  45% of respondents reported getting all or 50% of their weekly food from the market.

A great sense of community has developed around the market, and many volunteers have gone on to other training courses and jobs as a result of their involvement .

For more information, ring Food 4 Life on market days only (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 1pm) on 02 8798 5928.

DOWNLOAD…  Food for Life  (pdf.545KB)

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Can’t eat your house – development threatens food bowl: media coverage.

Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by .

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In October the Sydney Food Fairness held a public forum as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. The event brought together experts in the area including NSW Farmers Association President Fiona Simson, rural planning consultant Ian Sinclair, WSROC President Alison McLaren and Urban Research Centre Director Phillip O’Neill.

DOWNLOAD…  Daily Telegraph article

DOWNLOAD…  CSG mining puts food at risk – AAP

DOWNLOAD…  Report in Penrith Star      (PDF 156kb)

LISTEN…  Listen to Liz Millen and Fiona Simson on The Alan Jones Show

 

 

 

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