‘FOOD sovereignty’ – the right of local people to decide what they grow and eat – is a term well understood in communities with a long tradition of small-scale farming. In Australia, where big farming tends to dominate, and our place in a global market means that once-seasonal fruits and vegetables are available year-round, ‘food sovereignty’ might be seen as irrelevant. But a burgeoning interest in knowing where your food comes from – who grows it, is it local, and how was it grown? – together with a heightened awareness of the cost of ‘food miles’ and the effect of genetic modification in staple crops, is encouraging support for local farmers’ markets and prompting questions at the local butcher and grocer.
Join Christ Church Grammar School’s Centre for Ethics and Slow Food Perth for a forum on food sovereignty – ‘What’s on your plate?’ – in Claremont on Tuesday 24 August 2010. The panel includes the school’s Centre for Ethics convenor and senior Anglican priest Canon Frank Sheehan, farmer Annie Kavanagh, Murdoch University food academic and writer Felicity Newman, magazine editor Anthony Georgeff, Australian Landcare Council chairman and former agriculture and food minister Kim Chance, and parliamentarian Max Trenorden. This should be lively, challenging and informative.
Date: Tuesday 24 Aug 2010
Venue: Christ Church Grammar School chapel, Queenslea Drive, Claremont WA 6010
Entry: gold-coin donation to Anglicare