It’s admittedly been a while between drinks. But Friday Feed is back for 2019 with a weekly dose of the latest food and farming research, news and feelgood features from Australia and around the globe.
This week: National Regenerative Agriculture Day launches in Australia, why we need to build awareness of native and indigenous Australian food, new study finds that just four crops are dominating farms globally and how does the EAT-Lancet diet pan out in practice?
The Big Dry: Feeding the Future – National Regenerative Agriculture Day
A nationwide challenge has begun to spend Valentine’s Day sending love to farmers with a regenerative twist. It’s called National Regenerative Agriculture Day and it’s hijacking February 14.
Shark Bay: A World Heritage Site at Catastrophic Risk
Everyone knows the Great Barrier Reef is in peril. But a continent away, Western Australia’s Shark Bay is also threatened by marine heatwaves that could alter this World Heritage ecosystem forever.
Cream of the Crop: Innovation and Resilience a Key Crop in the Future Generation of Farmers
If adaptation is the key to evolution, our next generation of farmers could be up to the challenge. These four young regional famers are already tackling some big challenges through innovation and adaptation.
Aboriginal Foodways: Towards a Return of Native Food in Australia
Sustainable Food Trust
In Australia, as a ‘foodie’, cosmopolitan and multicultural society that wholeheartedly embraces ethnic cuisines from around the world, Australians remain surprisingly unaware about what is native and indigenous Australian food.
Why Are Insects in Decline, and Can We Do Anything About It?
Answers to key questions about the global insect collapse.
Italian Farmers Destroy Milk in Protest Over Falling Prices
Farmers and shepherds on the Italian island of Sardinia have been pouring their milk away, saying they would rather destroy it than sell it for next to nothing.
A Very Small Number of Crops Are Dominating Globally: That’s Bad News for Sustainable Agriculture
A new study finds that globally we are growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale.
To Fight Deforestation First Tackle Inequality, Study Says
The world is losing its tropical forests at an alarming rate, despite increased efforts to save them. A recent study now shows that the best way to tackle deforestation, at least in Latin America, is to reduce inequality.
Eat-Lancet Says You Can Save the Planet on Its Diet. I Tried It for a Week
The New Food Economy
We know the broad strokes: Less meat, more beans. But true sustainability also means considering the practical realities of eating.
Photo courtesy of Future Feeders
This week: Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Giménez, reflects on his two-week tour of Australia, a farm-coal clash in Mudgee, more than $10 billion pledged to save our oceans, and all-you-can-eat food packaging.
Bylong Valley Coal Mine in Mudgee Divides Farmers and Locals During Planning Meeting
Environmentalists and farmers at an independent planning commission were locked in disagreement over a proposed South Korean-owned coal mine in Bylong Valley, north-east of Mudgee.
Greater Diversification in Farming Needed, Says Professor
The Weekly Times
Agriculture is “the biggest lever humankind can pull” to help successfully address the effects of a changing climate and feed a growing world population, according to University of Melbourne Professor Tim Reeves.
Welcome to Country: Talking Story With the Australian Food Movement
Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Giménez, reflects on his two-week tour of Australia. “What I experienced in Canberra, Daylesford, and in Lismore was what La Via Campesina has called, “un diálogo de saberes.” Literally “a dialogue of different wisdoms,” it refers to our efforts to communicate across different ways of knowing.”
Series: The New Normal? How Climate Change Is Making Droughts Worse
In this four-part series, The Guardian examines the current weather conditions and then puts them in context with other severe droughts in Australia’s history.
$2.7 Billion Deal Opens Madagascar’s Waters to Hundreds of Chinese Fishing Vessels
Earth Island Journal
Critics say agreement is bad for local fishers, that negotiators failed to conduct public consultation or environmental impact statement.
Why Forests Are the Best ‘Technology’ to Stop Climate Change
Opinion: Expanding forests is a much more effective solution to climate change than bioenergy.
All-You-Can-Eat Food Packaging Could Soon Be on the Menu
The Conversation, Canada
In the food industry, conversations about green supply chains focus on compostable and even edible solutions. Plenty of technologies exist.
Soil and Seaweed: Farming Our Way to a Climate Solution
We can sequester carbon and improve our nutrition through regenerative farming of land and sea.
Fifth Our Ocean Conference Generates US$10.7 Billion in Pledges
SDG Knowledge Hub
The fifth Our Ocean Conference generated 305 commitments to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. The US$10.7 billion in pledges represent commitments from a wide range of actors, with governments, non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector announcing the majority of the commitments.
Photo courtesy of Future Feeders
Very excited to announce this regional event in Daylesford, Victoria hosted by Hepburn Relocalisation Network as part of the national Food For Thought and Action series: Land for Life (tickets $5 and available at door).
Join us for an evening of discussion with Jaara country speaker and activator Rebecca Phillips, permaculture co-originator and author David Holmgren (author of Retrosuburbia) and US food movement scholar-activist Eric Holt-Gimenez (author of A Foodies Guide to Capitalism) as they offer insights into how to develop a deep engagement and long-term commitment to regenerative and just land economies.
The Food For Thought and Action series is proud to present its Canberra public panel, Bringing Together People, Food and Planet: a better food system (get tickets here).
Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion with Lyneham Commons, Dr Charles Massy and Dr Eric Holt-Gimenez.
You may have heard people say “our food system is broken”. But is it? Or is it, in fact, performing entirely to specifications – albeit at great environmental, social and cultural cost?
Hear interesting perspectives at the local, national and international level about a new future for food and farming, challenging the assumptions and models of the ‘industrial’ food system.
On Thursday 18 October 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Renewables Innovation Hub
19-23 Moore St, Turner, ACT 2602
Photo thanks to Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm, Braidwood