Tag Archives: food sustainability

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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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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The Australia Institute Report – Beating Around the Bush

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .

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Attached  is a new report, “Beating Around the Bush” from The Australia Institute which quantifies the impact to Agriculture from the high AUD that has arisen from the mining “boom”.

Summary

Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $43.5 billion in export income. This includes $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.

The damage the mining boom is doing to other sectors has created what has been dubbed the ‘two speed economy’. The booming mining industry has pushed up the Australian exchange rate and in doing so has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed parts of the economy.

Read more…  “Beating Around the Bush”

 

 

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Australian field of wheat by: Adrian van Leen

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What a great success!

Posted on 26. Sep, 2012 by .

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The recent event “Sustainable Farming for a Sustainable City” held at Richmond was a great success! So thank you to all of you who helped with organising, promoting, and attending the event.  Over 130 people came to be part of a very engaged discussion.

A very special thanks to Liz Millen and Vivienne Reiner (both from SFFA) to bring all their support to the event.

Here is the link to the ABC Radio interview of Fred Haskins from NSW Farmers Association commenting on the challenges of city fringe farming.

Watch the videos of some of the keynote speakers.

Maarten Stapper’s presentation  makes the link between food systems, health and the importance of things such as community gardens in bringing back respect for the food and environment.

Julia McKay is Secretary of the national body of the Natural Sequence Association (NSA), is a lawyer, a farmer and a Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) practitioner.

We love to talk about Sustainable Sydney, but we don’t prioritise one of the mainstays of a sustainable city — our local, fresh and productive food supply.
Lynne Wilkinson — (Ausbuy) will put local food in the context of food security and food standards and ask the question: who do we want to feed us in the future?

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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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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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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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