What is Fair Food Week?
Over the week — 15-23 October 2016 — you will discover events across the country that will attract, intrigue and entertain you:
- farmers’ fairs
- food swaps
- community garden and farm tours
- and more, much more.
The week’s events will celebrate the 2016 International Year of Pulses by celebrating the accomplishments of Australian projects that support fair food, educating ourselves about innovative policy strategies that can support fair food, and creating new experiences for people with fair food.
Let’s put food sovereignty on the Australian table so farmers can keep farming… so that young people will feel encouraged to go into farming… and so that family farmers around the world know that we are acting for their sovereignty.
It’s time to shine the light on the new story of fair food flourishing across Australia.
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 make it happen?
Fair Food Week is a self-organising, national event. To help organise your events, we have four themes to plan them around. We ask that you organise your fair food event around at least one of these themes:
- Ecological and ethical growing
- Eating habits
- Democratising access
Find out more about hosting an event
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.
Contact AFSA organisers in different cities and regions.