"Over the last 30 years, development in the north and south has failed to deliver people a decent diet.While some people have too little food and die as a consequence, others have too much food and die from associated diseases.. Furthermore, some methods of food production create social dislocation and deadly environments where biodiversity is eroded and pollution becomes rampant. "
And last night we were able to participate in the Community Consultation for a People's Food Plan as an alternative to the Australian Government Food Plan which was developed solely in consultation with the heavy weights of food production in this country. The big corporations with vested interest in developing it their way. The development of the People’s Food Plan will involve ordinary Australians coming together to discuss our values and priorities for the establishment of a new, fair, sustainable and resilient food system. A first round of public forums will be held around the country during September-October, with an aim to launch a first version of a ‘Values, Principles and Best Practice’ statement in November 2012.
The consultation covered all the topics in the above quote and many more. Let's hope we can have some influence.
And as for knitting, well I'm continuing on with my honey cowl as well as making a pile of dishcloths to sell at our stall on Sunday at Woytopia- a sustainability festival.
I used three patterns. Garter stitch, basket weave and garter stitch on the diagonal. Caste on 40 stitches on 5mm needles using double yarn. For the diagonal you can find the pattern here.
At the festival we will be delivering a talk as well as show casing Purple Pear Farm. We have been working on developing our business with the help of Karen from The Little Red Tractor. We have changed our name leaving out organics and replacing it with farm as we have come to see that we are so much more than just organics. We are a farm that provides education, food , birthday parties, green weddings, farm tours and more.
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