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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The Food System and Health

'Food system' is a term that has been used in order to develop an integrated understanding of a set of processes, institutions, practices and systems, all intimately linked to agriculture and food, yet which are typically thought of as separate and distinct, and commonly treated as such for governance and policy purposes. Thus, a 'food…
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Healthy Food System Working Group

Food Alliance Healthy Food System working group aims to nurture the establishment of a Victorian Healthy Food System Network, in support of the broader goal of developing a thriving and diverse culture and practice of food system activity in the state. Roles Identify particular health-related actions (including research and advocacy) that may be taken by…
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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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Permaculture in Preston

Angelo Eliades, and his permaculture food forest experiment in Melbourne’s inner north, embodies the wave of food self-sufficiency sweeping the inner north and west of Melbourne. This wave has been generated by individuals and community groups, but it’s increasingly being embraced by local governments, who are integrating policies on community gardening, edible streetscapes and urban…
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Urban Agriculture Working Group

Goal The goal of the Food Alliance Urban Agriculture working group is to nurture the establishment of a Victorian Urban Agriculture network, in support of the broader goal of developing a thriving and diverse culture and practice of urban agriculture in the state. The establishment of this working group and, over time, the network, will…
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Updates


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Circles of Social Life

23/10/2014

Circles of Sustainability is an approach that guides engaged and collaborative practice in making our cities, locales and organizations more sustainable. It provides practical tools for creating sustainable cities and communities. For example, instead of designating a pre-given set of indicators, the approach sets out a process for deciding upon indicators and analysing the relationship between…

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Food Profile Assessment Tool

22/10/2014

What are we asking of  Councils that may wish to pilot the Charter and Food Profile Assessment Tool?  This is an invitation to pilot the Charter and the Assessment Tool (see below), especially for those local governments with existing food policies or that are considering the development and introduction of food policies. We believe it is…

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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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