A collaboration between the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFS) and food publishers and facilitators The Field Institute, Fair Food is Australia''s first feature documentary that was produced through crowd funding. It shows us how unhealthy our food system is and what we need to do to heal it. Through interviews you'll hear farmers, social entrepreneurs and communities talk about the new approaches they're taking or proposing to take in regard to food production, marketing and distribution.
It shows how an ethical healthy food system is possible through conscious consumption and if communities shopped for produce through independent food enterprises, the farmers.
At the moment we are so disconnected to our food system we need a transformation. We are powerful beings with the capacity to affect changes and need to work towards being present to the planet in a mutually productive way.
Currently when two supermarket giants with 70% great market power has a stranglehold on farmers with an expectation to produce more for less, it's done at a great cost. This cost amounts to compromises in animal welfare, soil health and waste management to produce more. It drives farmers off their lands as it's no longer financially viable with 7 out of 10 farmers leaving every single day and the natural average of suicide of farmers has doubled.
The way we live and buy is not convenient to the farmer at all. We expect perfect shaped and sized produce. Unfortunately every harvest a lot goes to waste and earns the farmers nothing just because nature chooses to produce wonky carrots and bent cucumbers. We have lost the joy of seasonality by having produce that grows all year round that would not naturally grow in that period. Emotionally we have lost the joy of savouring something about to go out of season or the joy of looking forward to consuming something coming into season.
There needs to be some real alternatives. Going back to the old ways seems to be the new way. The following are some of the ways we can take back control. Choosing natural pest control through companion planting, feeding livestock the old way to yield high quality livestock, focus on soil health, buying directly from farmers markets, not accepting imports, choosing food that supports the food system, growing our own food by having community gardens, having small patches of backyard gardens, inner city gardens and so on.
There was a bit of a clanger in the film that made perfect sense and may have those involved rethinking the word sustainable. It was stated that the word sustainable is static and that using the word regenerative was better as it carries the implication land can be brought back to good health. Amen to that.
If you missed this eye opening film at the Transitions Film Festival you can catch it on the 19th of March as it's being screened at the Black Box Theatre at Burrinja from 7pm, followed by a Q&A session. CLICK HERE to read about it and buy tickets.
If you're interested in hosting the Fair Food documentary, CLICK HERE for details from the Australian Food Sovereign Alliance (AFSA).