Food sovereignty: what’s on your plate? 1

SLOW Food Perth will join with Christ Church Grammar School’s ethics centre to present a forum entitled ‘Food sovereignty: what’s on your plate?’ at the school in Claremont on 24 August 2010.

The panel will include:

  • priest Frank Sheehan, Christ Church Grammar School chaplain and senior canon of Perth’s St George’s Anglican Cathedral
  • journalist Anthony Georgeff, editor of Spice magazine
  • academic Felicity Newman, an author and lecturer in food and culture at Murdoch University’s Centre for Everyday Life
  • farmer Annie Kavanagh, who raises berkshire pigs on organic principles at her Spencers Brook farm in the Avon Valley
  • a Christ Church Grammar School senior student
  • parliamentarian Max Trenorden, The Nationals’ leading Member for the Agricultural Region, and
  • Kim Chance, former Labor minister for agriculture and food [2001-2008], now chairman of the Australian Landcare Council

The forum will discuss the ethics of farming and eating. Do we know what’s on our plate, who produced it, how it was produced, and whether it is local or imported, fresh and seasonal or from last year’s crop? Do we care, or do we just eat?

‘Food sovereignty’ has several interpretations, but is probably best described as the right of people to healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced by ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to determine their own food and agricultural systems.

It puts those who produce, distribute and eat food at the heart of food systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations. It defends the interests and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral and fisheries systems determined by local producers. Food sovereignty gives priority to local and national economies and markets and empowers family farmer-driven agriculture, artisan-fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just income to all peoples and the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. It ensures that the rights to use and manage our lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those who produce food. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social classes and generations.

Event details
Date: Tuesday 24 August 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Christ Church Grammar School, Queenslea Drive, Claremont WA 6010
Fee: entry by gold coin donation, with proceeds to Anglicare
RSVP: 18 August by email to Teresa Scott

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