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
Join Kate Walsh from Real Food Projects for a special night with leading food systems expert and author of A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism Eric Holt-Gimenez as he discusses the opportunities and challenges in bringing together farmers, food-workers, food citizens and activists to galvanise the global food movement.
When: Wednesday, October 24, 6PM – 9PM
Where: Brunswick Picture House
This event is generously sponsored by Santos Organics, Brookfarm and Byron Bay Farmers Markets.
The Food For Thought and Action series is proud to present its Lismore public panel, New Environmentalism: food, environmental & political activism, hosted by Southern Cross University Arts and Social Sciences Community Engagement (register here).
How can we foster a culture of collective activism to address society’s most pressing environmental and social issues?
The growing links between the environment, health, food security, poverty and social justice reflect an emerging understanding of the structural forces that negatively impact people, health and the environment. How can we thread together seemingly disparate initiatives and social movements to create the sustained social pressure and political will necessary for transformative change?
Join me with panel guests international food systems expert, agroecologist and author Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director Food First, former Australian politician and environmental activist Ian Cohen and food activist and local farmer Joel Orchard, to discuss the opportunities and challenges in building a powerful, unified movement for progressive change.
Thursday, October 25 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural St, Lismore, New South Wales 2480
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