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Join us for the SFFA AGM and our special guest speaker from New Zealand!

Posted on 01. Dec, 2014 by .


It’s that time of year again!

You are warmly invited to join the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance for its Annual General Meeting on Monday 8 December 2014 from 5-6pm.

This special meeting will be followed by a talk (6:00pm – 8:00pm) from our special guest speaker Cissy Rock, all the way from New Zealand. Cissy is the Senior Project Leader from Auckland City Council and will talk about Kai Auckland and the Council’s strategy design around food for all in Auckland City.

All those working in local government who are interested in this important topic are welcome to join us.

Event details

Date: Monday 8 December 2014

Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney (Level 1 Carmichael Room)

What: 5:00pm – 6:00pm Sydney Food Fairness Alliance Annual General Meeting; 6:00pm – 8:00pm Special Guest Speaker (Cissy Rock, Senior Project Officer, Auckland City Council)

Need another reason to attend? An opportunity to network with like-minded people and light refreshments.

Any questions or to RSVP? Contact Sydney Food Fairness Alliance on 0410 145 473 or info@sydneyfoodfairness.org.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

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SFFA Food Security Survival Kit Now Available

Posted on 11. Oct, 2014 by .


Sydney Food Fairness Alliance is all about food security. We consider that it is highly important to lay the foundations on which to build a sustainable and food secure planet. Our primary focus is Sydney but we network more broadly.

In a world where our food security is threatened, environmentally, politically, industrially, economically, agriculturally, climatically, in fact on so many levels, we need to be able to connect with our food systems socially, practically and ethically, and share our resources.

There are many things we can do from advocacy and action to improve access, to supporting growers markets and community gardens, or growing our own food and sharing plants and seeds, and learning to be innovative with what we have.

This Food Security Survival Kit provides a broad range of relevant links over which to ponder ways we can act to evolve a sustainable pathway towards food security now and for all future generations.

Food Security Survival Kit’s will be distributed at the Right to Food Coalition’s Putting Food on the Table Conference. To access the fact, sheet click on the following link: http://sydneyfoodfairness.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SFFA-Food-Security-Survival-Kit-Links-for-web-1.pdf

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Welcome to Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

Posted on 09. Mar, 2013 by .


The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance  (SFFA) is a network of consumers, rural producers, health professionals, community workers and advocates who want to see food security for all within a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system.

2013 promises to be a busy year for SFFA with the release of the Federal Govt <em>National Food Plan</em> due, and the alternative ‘ grass roots’ <em>People’s Food Plan</em> launched by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. SFFA will play an active role in the discussion about what kind of food future we want and how we need to shape it now. Join us to be part of it!


We will:

  • Continue support for farmers, in the face of threats by CSG and supermarket price fixing
  • Explore the role that local councils can play in promoting food security and food access
  • Lobby for increases in income support payments to help the 1-2 million Australians who go hungry
  • Showcase challenging ideas, stimulating discussions and examples of great ways to work round food


Members include people working in sectors such as:

  • health and aged care
  • community services and welfare
  • local government
  • urban planning
  • agriculture and primary industries
  • community gardens, Permaculture and organic food industries and organisations
  • food and hospitality industries
  • media
  • education
  • ethicists and religious organisations
  • concerned and interested individuals


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

Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by .


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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SFFA calls for policy to safeguard the future of NSW food

Posted on 22. Sep, 2010 by .


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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The role of Sydney Food Fairness Alliance?

Posted on 12. Mar, 2010 by .


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

DOWNLOAD…. ‘The role of SFFA and food security issues’ presentation (pdf 269KB)

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Discussion papers

Posted on 19. Jul, 2009 by .



The Alliance’s discussion sheets are an educational resource about our food system and how we can improve it:

What is the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

Who Are We?

THE ALLIANCE formed in Sydney in 2005 to coordinate the efforts of rural producers, health professionals, community workers and community-based advocates active in developing a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system in the Sydney region.

DOWNLOAD… What is the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (pdf 543KB, Version 2: January 2009)

Why do we need a food policy?

A food policy is a plan of action to meet a society’s food and nutrition needs, and a food policy is something we need in NSW. A policy would guide decision making on all aspects of the food system, prioritising the security of our food supply.

DOWNLOAD… Why do we need a food policy? (pdf 924KB)

Understanding Food Insecurity

FOOD INSECURITY is that constant feeling of anxiety that comes from trying to provide enough food for yourself or your family. The idea that food insecurity exists in an affluent nation like Australia might sound a bit far fetched.

DOWNLOAD… Understanding Food Insecurity (pdf 1.42MB, Version 1: August 2007)

Understanding Food Miles

THE ‘FOOD MILE’ is a measure of the distance food travels from where it is grown or raised to where it is purchased by the consumer. Increasingly in Australia, supermarket shelves are stocked with imported food and food products that have been hauled thousands of kilometres: kiwifruit from Italy, oranges from Brazil.

DOWNLOAD… Understanding Food Miles (pdf 1.93MB, Version 1: October 2006)

Options for an Alternative Food System

Save the world? Change the way you eat…

FOOD, IT’S MANY THINGS — but enjoyable though it might be, food has become the focus of serious concern over the way it is grown, processed, distributed and served.

DOWNLOAD… Options for an Alternative Food System (pdf 1.45MB, Version 1: October 2006)

What are Community Gardens

GROWING YOUR OWN fresh food in your local community garden is a new way to healthy eating practiced by increasing numbers of Australians.

DOWNLOAD… What are Community Gardens (pdf 1.14MB, Version 1: August 2007)

People Gather Around Food

Celebrating food and culture

FOOD NOURISHES and connects us. Every day, all over the world, people gather around food, whether for the simple satisfaction of hunger or to re-create the bonds that connect us — what the noted Australian chef and author, Stephanie Alexander, calls “the community of the table”.

DOWNLOAD… People Gather Around Food (pdf 846KB, Version 1: October 2006)

Sydney Basin Agriculture

local food, local economy

“SOME OF THE MOST fertile and productive agricultural land in Australia is found in the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment on Sydney’s western edge — the Sydney Basin.

DOWNLOAD… Sydney Basin Agriculture (pdf 431KB, Version 1: December 2006)

Food and Climate Change

Is climate change really occurring?

“Yes, climate change is a reality. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), the warming of the climate system is unequivocal and is predominantly due to human activities such as fossil fuel burning and land use changes….”

DOWNLOAD… Food and Climate Change (pdf 1MB, Version 1: 23 February 2009)

Where Has All Our Food Gone?

Influences on the global food supply

“Price rises, grain shortages, crop failures… what’s happening to our global food system? What is happening is that a number of trends have converged to stress the food system…”

DOWNLOAD… Where Has All Our Food Gone? (pdf 1.06MB, Version 1: 23 February 2009)

Overweight and Obesity

the hidden role of food insecurity

Obesity is on the increase and in developed countries the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults is thought to be between 50-65 percent. This is becoming a major public health concern through the link to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, osteoarthritis and various cancers.

DOWNLOAD… Overweight and Obesity (pdf 534KB, Version 1: April 2009)

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