Dear Fair Food Community,
As the days are getting longer and the weather becoming warmer, as gentle rains fall and flowers bloom, we enter the Dharawal season of Murrai’yunggory. With vaccination rates soaring, this season continues to be a hopeful time.
This newsletter focuses on our Ensuring food security for all, an especially important topic at the moment given how the pandemic had exacerbated existing food insecurity. Food security is a basic human right and it supports the fundamental requirements we need to live a healthy life. With Covid cases surging in the Illawarra at the moment, especially through low-income and emergency housing, vulnerable people are at an increased risk of food insecurity. Donating, volunteering, sharing resources and working collaboratively goes a long way.
Our newsletter also highlights the fantastic Amy Carrad who is our Fair Food Champion this season, and her research into healthy, equitable food systems. We also unveil our participatory campaign for World Food Week (13-17th Oct) and World Food Day (17th Oct)! Finally, we have listed some exciting virtual activities, entertainment, and recipes that are worth checking out.
Stay safe, active & be gentle
Dharawal season: The Time of Ngoonungni Murrai’yunggory (Cool getting warmer)
During the Murrai’yunggory, the days and winds are starting to get warmer, gentle rains fall and flowers bloom. This is the time when the buds of the Waratah swell and redden, and the flying foxes gather in vast numbers over D’harawal Lands every dusk. It is a time for ceremony, and the clans gather to celebrate a time of plenty.
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Fair Food Champion: Amy Carrad
Amy Carrad is a researcher and advocate for more healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems. She is currently working on a project that is looking at how local governments in NSW and Victoria address food systems from a policy perspective. A part of the research project is understanding how non-government organisations are involved in food systems governance.
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Connecting over Fair Food
In celebration of World Food Day and Fair Food Week, we would love to invite you to share your connection to fair food! This is a great opportunity to encourage each other to transform into a fair, sustainable, resilient and inclusive food system.
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I Love Wollongong (& food) because…
Wollongong City Council is updating its community strategic plan and invites you to be involved. We see this as a great opportunity to highlight the importance of fair food and need for this to be included in the strategy. The more fair food is featured in the submissions received, the higher it will be on Wollongong’s agenda.
Will you join us?
Nominate your fair food champion
Do you know someone who would be a great #Fair FoodChampion to be featured in our next newsletter?
The #FairFoodChampion segment is our way to recognise and celebrate the amazing champions we have in our community, all working towards fairer food system.
Virtual Activities – Save the Date!
Cook Chill Chat: Join Healthy Cities Illawarra for a 5-week community cooking program starting Oct 13th to increase social connections, happiness and healthfulness. Meals this term include fried rice, Thai curry, pasta salad, soup and chicken nuggets.
Farm Gate / What does ‘food security’ actually mean?: How does food security relate to land use, resistance in our food system and nutrition? Join Vicki Hird, Tim Benton and Patrick Holden discussing food security in the modern world and how we can ensure all citizens have the opportunity to eat well.
The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson: Educational podcast discussing the art and value of growing your own food in urban areas. Topics explored include beekeeping, chicken farming, permaculture and composting. Learn tips and tricks to participate in your own fair food system.
Bite: Challenge your critical thinking about our food system with Tom Philpott, Keira Butler and Maddie Oatman. Explore the science and politics of what you eat and why.
No-Waste August: The August edition of the Delicious magazine is dedicated to reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking. The issue covers food and food waste, travel and restaurants from the perspective of sustainability.
A Matter of Taste: An exploration of the Australian Women’s Weekly, the birth of a modern Australian food culture, cultural links between our Australian heritage, how we eat and why.
Food Security and Climate Change: Chapter 5 of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land evaluates the impact of climate change on the food system and food security
Starkest climate warning yet: Six food and farming takeaways from the latest IPCC report
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020: Annual report on progress towards ending hunger and key challenges faced.
Food Security in Australia: How can Australia measure food insecurity and work against it?
The film / Chicken People: A funny and uplifting documentary showcasing the world of poultry competition. The documentary looks into the lives of the three top competitors in the world of show chickens.
Educational videos / Instagram – Creative_explained: Armen Adamjans Instagram aims to educate others through hacks, tips and tricks on growing your own plants from store bought fruits and vegetables.
Webinar / Leveraging Responsible Investment for Sustainable Healthy Food Systems: Practices and Opportunities: This prerecorded webinar presents a research study about the extent to which responsible investment practices in Australia currently support sustainable and healthy food systems.
Educational videos / TikTok – Plantyou: Carleigh Bodrugs TikTok focuses on reducing food wastage by turning common food scraps into delicious recipes.
Music video / Climate Movement – Formidable Vegetable with Spoonbill & Brenna Quinlan: A call for action to regenerate our climate for future generations, using permaculture as a community-scale solution. Utilise the skills you have now and share them with others to build the community we need.
Spring into Action!: The Love Food Hate Waste Team have put together a collection of green pea recipes to spruce up your sides.
Cooking, recovery and connections: This community cookbook was put together by public housing residents in North Melbourne and Flemington to celebrate foods, creativity and community resilience.
Got milk?: This collection by Delicious showcases 7 recipes to use up leftover dairy and prevent food waste.