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Food Matters – What role can Councils play?

Posted on 25. Jun, 2013 by .

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For the first ever ‘Fair Food Week’ coordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance is pleased to invite you to an exciting forum exploring how Councils can address food security in their local communities.

You will hear keynote speakers discussing current food issues,  you may want want to participate to lightning talks showcasing innovative Council’s initiatives, or network and discuss project ideas.

Who should attend this forum: local government staff in social and urban planning, community and economic development, environmental sustainability and waste management.  Senior management and Councillors are also welcome.

When: Tuesday 20 August 2013
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (registration from 9:30am)
Where: Parramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street, Parramatta
(Metered parking on Macquarie Street or Horwood Place. Parramatta Public Transport Interchange a short walk from Argyle Street).
Cost: $20 registration fee. Morning tea and light lunch provided.

To register, you can download the registration form by clicking here or simply email info@sydneyfoodfairness.org.au and we’ll organise registration for you.

 

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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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City-fringe farms crucial for food security

Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 by .

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Safeguarding farms from urban sprawl and mining is crucial to minimise shortage-induced price hikes and to ensure we know our food is local and safe, a forum in Sydney’s premier food producing region will hear next week.

The forum will call for integrated state planning, a more inclusive national food plan and overseas purchase of land be subject to a national interest test.

It has been organised by the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) and NSW Farmers’ Region 7 which covers the greater Sydney metropolitan area and hinterland, accounting for almost all the farms and market gardens providing fresh food for the city.

NSW Farmers’ spokesperson and Sydney farmer Fred Haskins says: “Australia is currently experiencing a fruit and vegetable shortage and will have to rely on imports for at least another couple of months because of frost in Queensland and flooding in Victoria. This brings increased  biosecurity challenges such as foreign crop diseases. Our city is increasingly less able to feed itself and unless the metropolitan strategy plans are reversed and we give more support to our farmers, we can expect more price rises as half of the numerous small Sydney farms disappear to make way for houses within two decades.”

Water system pioneer Peter Andrews, who created Natural Sequence Farming will headline the panel just weeks after the . Andrews, who will give insights into water retention and purity using natural processes says it is crucial that research into the long-term effect of mining and drilling into aquifers be mandated before mining operations commence. “As a result of the Hunter and Bylong Valley mining, I believe we will see a toxic plume through the groundwater all the way to Newcastle because it is connected. With deep groundwater changes could disrupt systems that have been in place for 10,000 years or more,” he says.

Department of Primary Industries’ Murray Spicer will detail extensive survey work by the Department on agricultural lands in NSW. “Because of urban expansion and consumer demand for unseasonal food, Sydneysiders are increasingly eating food from north Queensland down to Victoria and South Australia as the season progresses rather than from Sydney Basin farms, “ says Spicer, who is the Department’s horticultural program leader.

Biodynamic farming consultant/ex-CSIRO scientist Maarten Stapper, from Canberra, will highlight the environmental and health imperatives for moving to a more sustainable farming model with less reliance on finite resources such as fuel, chemicals and synthetic fertilisers in a climate-affected and carbon pricing environment.

AusBuy CEO Lynne Wilkinson will stress the importance of knowing where our food comes from and supporting Australian agriculture and our relatively high food standards and land management. “There are chemicals still used overseas that are banned here which Australia no longer tests for because of budget cuts. So, increasingly we have to rely on the word of the people selling us their food. We are also diminishing our ability to produce our own food because of sales of agricultural land overseas. In Western Australia for example, Chinese interests are producing milk for their domestic consumption.”

For more info go to the event page and download the flyer with the details.

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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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Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price crises

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by .

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Important article by SFFA member Brigit Busicchia.   Brigit is a research student at Macquarie University and has just returned from France.

 ”Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price  crisis?

http://theconversation.edu.au/crops-hit-by-drought-and-biofuel-policy-an
other-food-price-crisis-8557

 

 

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New Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

Posted on 26. Jun, 2012 by .

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New Metropolian Strategy for Sydney for the next 20 years.

 

Have your say.

  • Download the discussion paper
  • Check out the dates for your area.

DOWNLOAD…  Key Dates

READ…  Sydney over the next 20 years  A  Discussion paper

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