On Saturday 25th May the Australian Federal Government will finally launch its long-awaited National Food Plan.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, along with organisations and businesses representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, are deeply concerned that this Plan is taking the country in the opposition direction to that demanded by the principles of fairness, health and well-being, genuine sustainability and true resilience in what will be challenging years and decades ahead.
[quote author=”Dr Nick Rose” image=”https://afsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Nick-Rose_logo.jpg” w=”” h=”” image_align=””]”We are looking for a National Food Plan that is fair to Australia’s food consumers as well as to family and small-to-medium scale farmers and food processing businesses and their workers”, said Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) spokesman, Dr Nick Rose.
The health and well-being of all Australians, the future of our fresh water supply of which agriculture consumes around 65-70 percent, the soils that are the foundation of a secure food future, and the ecosystems that supply services that support national food production are the real resources of an economically viable and health-promoting food system. These qualities underwrite the viability of our farmers and regional centres, and their enhancement should have top priority in a National Food Plan that truly addresses our food future in the best interests of all Australians.[/quote]
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The AFSA will offer further comment in the coming days, when we have had a chance to examine some of the detail of the National Food Plan.