Sunday, August 4, 2013

What is Fair Food Week? — 19-25 August 2013

This content was originally posted on the Fair Food Week website which is fantastic and includes details of loads of events that have been organised for Fair Food Week.

Coordinated by Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), to support the Peoples’ Food Plan, Australia’s first-ever Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food.

Over the week — 19-25 August 2013 — you will discover events across the country that will attract, intrigue and entertain you:
  • forums 
  • workshops
  • speakers
  • films
  • farmers’ fairs
  • food swaps
  • community garden and farm tours
  • and more, much more.
The week’s events will 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.

What’s fairness got to do with food?
Lots. Let’s start with farmers not being paid well by major retail chains for the food they grow and raise for us. Then there’s excessive food imports that unfairly disadvantage not only Australian farmers and farm workers but our food processors as well. And about much of that imported food… do we really know how it was grown and processed… and what was put on it to make it grow or easier to process… whether farm and factory workers enjoyed healthy, good and fair working conditions?

And there’s one more thing about fairness, and that’s about fair access to good, tasty food for the thousands of Australians and their children living on low incomes.

So, what’s that got to do with me?
It’s your chance to do what it is that you do best when it comes to food wherever you sit in the paddock-to-plate-and-back-again journey. You’ll have our support to grab attention via print and social media, word of mouth advertising, promotion at markets, restaurants, cafes, and libraries.

All over the country during the Fair Food Week people will create and participate in story-telling, workshops and other events the possibilities of which are limited only by your imagination.

Most of all, during Fair Food Week, go out and enjoy food produced fairly — that’s fairly in the social, economic and environmental sense.

How can we help make it happen…
Fair Food Week is a good idea we want to see take off because it’s about food fairness for all of us.

So, it’s time to put on our thinking caps and plough into that random access memory of our brains, there to find creative, crazy, innovative and intriguing ideas for you and your friends to make something wonderful happen during Fair Food Week.

And… we would LOVE to hear back from you ASAP so that we can begin to shape this week into wonderful reality.
  • submit your event/s
  • join our Fair Food Week photo competition at FlavourCrusader‘s facebook page, and post your images to their Instagram account
  • join our twitter conversation — #fairfoodweek.
  • like us on facebook.
Contacts AFSA organisers in different cities and regions.
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