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Not just another policy…

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Sophia Malié, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

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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.

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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.

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

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SFFA Bimonthly Meeting 5 July – 2 Speakers, GE and Foreign Ownership

Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by .

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GE presentation with Frances Murrell from MADGE
In July 2010  Melbourne-based Frances Murrell, co-founder of Mothers Are Demystifying Genetic Engineering (MADGE)  spoke on  concerns regarding health and food security.

Frances was profiled this year in this piece in the Weekend Australian magazine. She recently spoke at an international conference on GM.

We should be selling the milk and not the cow:

Catherine Rogers  spoke on  what we know about foreign ownership of agricultural land and its impact on future food security

Over the last few days, the question of rapidly increasing foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land has been headline news, highlighting the lack of planning by State and Federal governments for Australia’s future food security.

Catherine Rogers has been investigating sovereign wealth funds and the implications for Australian farming land, and will speak about who is taking up this issue and what is currently on the table to ensure we don’t ‘sell the farm’ before we notice.

You can view Frances Murrell’s talk on  YouTube.


Part 1 (9.59 min)


Part 2 (9.01 min)


Part 3 (7.07 min)


Part 4 (2.11 min)


Part 5 (10 min)


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SFFA calls for policy to safeguard the future of NSW food

Posted on 22. Sep, 2010 by .

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Late last year an alliance of consumers, health workers and sustainability advocates called on the NSW Government to establish an independent Food Policy Council to develop an integrated policy response to food security challenges.

In september 2010 the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance presented its case for a food policy during a special presentation at NSW Parliament.

‘NSW consumers and producers are increasingly concerned about the cost of diet-related disease, the loss of agricultural land to development, climate change and water insecurity’, said SFFA spokesperson and Eco Justice Coordinator at the Edmund Rice Centre, Jill Finnane.‘The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance urges the NSW Government to respond to these challenges by developing and implementing an integrated, whole of government food policy’, Jill continued.

The presentation at NSW Parliament canvased the value of forming an independent Food Policy Council.

‘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’, said Jill.

The presentation was hosted by Macarthur region MPs Philip Costa, Geoff Corrigan, Andrew McDonald and Graham West.

The keynote speaker was David Mason, an expert on urban agriculture.

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Refugee Nutrition

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Workshop presentation by Nazmul Ahasan at the SFFA Food Summit, Hungry for Change October 2009.

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Nazmul Ahasan is a community dietitian at NSW Refugee Health Service. Nazmul has a passion for working with disadvantaged communities, and a particular interest in food security. He has worked extensively with refugees, homeless people and Indigenous communities. In addressing food insecurity of refugee population, currently Nazmul is focusing on community development and social cohesion, developing personal knowledge and skills of refugees, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with stakeholders and settlement service providers, and also advocacy.

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The role of Sydney Food Fairness Alliance?

Posted on 12. Mar, 2010 by .

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Sally James spoke to the Rotary Club of Ryde in September 2009 to outline the role of SFFA and food security issues.

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