Fair Food Week: the new story of food

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If you’re thinking of planning a farm tour, long table lunch, skill workshop or seed swap… plan it for Fair Food Week! The week (August 19-25) is organised by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, co-ordinated by Nick Rose—check out his story. Anyone can have a bash; your event needn’t be fancy. Just collect your friends and followers—think of a happening that fits the theme of ‘Fair Food’ and add it to the website. Hell, I might even!

In case you didn’t know FlavourCrusader is organising a social media photo competition for the week… so dust off your Hasselblad or um…. iPhone! And follow or like us to be kept in the loop. We’ve had an amazing response for our call for prizes from wonderful small business. Can’t wait to share who they are… I’m chuffed!

It’s time to bang the drums and wake up Australia. Are you ready for this!?

FRESH, good and fair food needs a fresh, new and innovative event to demonstrate its value to all Australians.

That’s why we – the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance – are bringing together communities, social entrepreneurs, creative and passionate individuals, smart food businesses and local governments across Australia to celebrate the work of Australia’s fair food pioneers – the women and men doing the vital work of creating a fairer food system for all of us.

“It’s a new national event, Fair Food Week”, said Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance spokesman, Nick Rose. “Just as a non–hybrid tomato seed grows into a juicy, tasty and enjoyable vegetable, so too will Fair Food Week grow to become a celebration of all that is good with our food system and a source of examples on how we can remake our old, tired and unfair food system into something fairer… into something better for all Australians.”

Across the country during Fair Food Week (19-25 August, 2013) there’s a wonderful diversity of events that will attract, inspire and entertain you: food forums, food workshops, food films, farmers’ fairs, food swaps, community garden and farm tours, and more.

“What we call ‘fair food’ is food that is produced in ways that are fair to all and that guarantee economic and nutritional health to everyone in Australia’s food value chain – Australian farmers, Australian food processors, small to medium size food retailers and, most importantly, we who eat the products of these enterprises”, explained Mr Rose.

“Fair food that the farmer has been paid properly for and that is sold through a retail system that is not dominated by the supermarket duopoly that controls 80 percent of Australia’s grocery sales, but that is sold through a truly free market that includes thriving small to medium food businesses to give us – Australia’s eaters – real and authentic choice in what we buy and where we buy it.

“It’s good, healthy and tasty food that all Australians have access to irrespective of their income and where they live. This includes Australians living with disability, illness, those living on a government allowance, such as pensioners, and those in remote indigenous communities… the more then five percent of our people who presently live with an insecure and unhealthy food supply”.

Fair Food Week will highlight the fresh, innovative ideas found in the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Peoples’ Food Plan, Australia’s first crowd-sourced policy directions document and the result of democratic, consultative forums held across the country.

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