The Food Alliance – Catalysing Food System Transformation

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission

We must care for the men and women who feed us

750,000 healthy fruit trees, destined for bulldozing

95% of Victorians don't eat enough veg

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission

And we have to protect prime farmland for the future

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission

Health


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Food Buying Standards

Purchasing healthy local food for public bodies The Issue Government spending forms a large part of the economy through the purchasing (procurement) of a wide range of goods and services, including large amounts of food and food products. Food is purchased either directly or indirectly for hospitals, prisons, aged care centres, education centres, residential homes…
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Healthy Sustainable Diets

The Issue: Can a diet be sustainable for both you and the environment? Access to a healthy diet is a basic human right, but the production of food over the past fifty years in particular has had severe environmental impacts in Australia and around the world. To a significant extent, this is due to unsustainable…
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Planning


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Plan Melbourne

The Victorian Government is developing a new metropolitan planning strategy for Melbourne, Plan Melbourne, and the Food Alliance has been advocating for this strategy to include a plan for the city’s food supply. We outlined our vision for Plan Melbourne in our response to the first phase of the public consultation. Food is highly significant…
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A Grower’s Market for Queen Vic

Back in the 1930s, Melbourne's iconic Queen Victoria Market included a Growers' Market, where farmers from Melbourne's fringe could come and sell their produce.   Imagine if the planned $250 million Queen Vic revamp included a return of the Growers' Market to support Melbourne's peri-urban farmers. The Queen Vic was once Melbourne’s fruit and vegetable…
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Urban Agriculture


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Future Feeders

Future Feeders is a small-scale farming cooperative that provides young people with the opportunity for peer-to-peer skills sharing and mentorship in ecological agricultural. A driving force behind the initiative is to create pathways for young people to enter sustainable agricultural careers. Future Feeders has been initiated to tackle the alarming trend of an ageing farmer…
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Worm Lover – Richard Thomas

Australia’s first rooftop worm farm was recently launched on the top of Curtin House, at 252 Swanston St, in the centre of Melbourne. Made possible by the dedication and commitment of ‘Worm Lover’ Richard Thomas, and the vision and financial backing of the building’s owners, the Mesa Verde restaurant on the 7th floor of 252…
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Updates


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Food Production on Melbourne’s Urban Fringe

24/05/2014

Food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe is worth around $1.3 – 1.6 billion and generates over 6,000 jobs. Around 40-50% of Victoria’s total vegetable production from Melbourne’s fringe within 100 km of the city, so it’s an important source of fresh, local produce. What fruits and vegetables are grown on Melbourne's urban city fringe and…

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Mornington Peninsula food production

24/05/2014

The Mornington Peninsula is one of the most valuable agricultural regions in Victoria, generating around $800 million from farming. This region delivers a wide variety of produce, including herbs, lettuce and berries, as well as wines, meats and cheeses. There are also lots of places in the Mornington Peninsula where you can buy local produce at the…

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Werribee food production

24/05/2014

Werribee South is a small area of market gardens around 30 km to the west of Melbourne’s CBD that delivers 10% of Victoria’s vegetables, and together with surrounding areas produce 85% of the state’s cauliflower, 53% of the broccoli and 34% of lettuce. Werribee South is one of the closest remaining vegetable growing areas to the…

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