Regional Food Sustainability

Also includes:

  • Localised food production and distribution
  • 100 mile radius – using local product for the local community (ie food production, manufacturing)
  • Enhance & Sustain & Support – waste management, recycling; railyway – community transport; no car green CBD; waste water recycling
  • How can the Region become sustainable in wholesome/affordable/nutritious food production in an environmentally friendly manner?
  • Sustainable food sources – how to put this into practice

Working Group

Peter Sniekers
Jane Growns
Brett Maunder

Issues:

Most people don't produce their own food
High possibility of future food shortages
Armidale has an enviable position with respect to water availability
Consumption of foods which have travelled vast distances is increasing
It is more 'convenient' to purchase non-sustainable than sustainable foods
There is not enough value-adding of local food products
A lot of topics can be both +ve and -ve
Problem of preaching to the converted (How to reach a greater audience?)

What practical steps or projects can be undertaken to do that?

Encourage 'community garden' projects (plans already underway)

  • Educational component
  • Emphasis on permaculture

Sustainable Living Armidale

  • Home gardening workshops
  • Focus on food (already underway – see Jane Growns)

Encourage trial plots of difference broadacre crops/enterprises to match the environment
Encourage local production
Encourage correct food labelling (FSANZ, Country of Origin)
Education of carbon miles concept (100 miles radius concept)
Encourage more 'sustainable' food outlets eg Farmers Markets, coupled with education/promotion to increase 'convenience' of sustainable food purchase

  • Farmers' markets within each community and establish cross regional markets which will encourage more food production

Encourage local value-adding of food products; encourage local consumption; undertake a local food & wine festival
Encourage local 'box schemes' to distribute/sell local organic produce (eg lesser of two evils)
Encourage the sale of products which meet a sustainability 'code of conduct' including: carbon miles; production methods; energy & water efficiency; waste products generated

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