The current focus of the Real Food campaign is building community awareness of the issues with the current industrial and corporate food system. We try to move beyond the problems and document the solutions that people can tap into locally to support more sustainable forms of food productions.
Imagine a real alternative to shopping at Coles and Woolies.Â Imagine a farmers market with live music, bicycle parking, where you could find most of the items you normally buy at the supermarket, all underpinned by environmental, social and ethical criteria. Imagine Eco Market. Find out more about this exciting new project. Get on board for Melbourne's first Eco Market, opening late Spring 2008.
Get down and dirty with us as we make productive us of public space. We'll be planting, fruit, veg and flowers to provide food and demonstrate that we can all make a differnce and provide local seasonal fresh chemical free food.
See the result of our planting day here
Everyone please send the word out to friends.
Join the Real Food group at Loop bar for a series of film nights of food isses. Download the flyer here
- Wednesday 25th June, 6.30pm
Entree: Store Wars Spoof animation comedy (5 min)
Main course: The World According to Monsanto Documentary
- Tuesday 1st July, 6.30pm
Entree: Food not Bombs - Short film documentary (6 min)
Main course: We Feed the World Documentary (95 mni)
Desert: Meatrix - Spoof animation comedy (5 min)
- Wednesday 9th July, 6.30pm
Main course: Lost in Palm Oil - Documentary (63 min)
Desert: Palm Oil & Orangutan Rescue Slide show (5 min)
Free Entry & Drinks and food available from the bar.
Seating is limited and RSVP is preferred. For bookings and more information, email realfood[at]melbourne.foe.org.au
Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne www.looponline.com.au
Real Food Guide
Production of a Real Food Guide to raise public awareness about the problems with our current industrialised food system and propose ways for people to be able to adopt 'real food' through their support of buying local, seasonal, organic food through food co-operatives, farmers markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture programs, home gardens.
Seasonal food poster
Production of a seasonal food poster for the Melbourne region to educate the public about 'what food is season when'. We now have grapes and cherries shipped half way around the world into our retail stores making it look like all products are available all year round. Lets open our eyes and mouths to the local seasonal produce at our doorstep.
Organising a series of workshops on food preserving to demonstrate how people can preserve food that is currently in abundance.
Our group has also presented several workshops covering various food issues at local conferences and can be contacted if you need a speaker for your workshop or event.
- An evening with relocalisation activist Helena Norburg-Hodge. See http://www.foe.org.au/resources/audio-centre
- A food activist workshop with Raj Patel, author of 'stuffed & starved'
- Organised a tour of the BIG Melbourne markets in Footscray that are generally off-limits to the public
- Presenting at the Melbourne Organic Food expo on Nanotechnology and food.
- Conducted a food price survey in Melbourne to compare food prices at markets, supermarkets, fruit and veg store; and organic V's non-organic produce.
- We support the fight against the dropping of the ban on growing GM canola in Victoria, headed by Gene Ethics. Letter writing, postcards, petitions and events. See http://www.geneethics.org/
- We support the fight against the use of Nanotechnology in food and food packaging, until it is regulated, tested, labelled and after public consultation. (Headed by the FoE Nanotechnology campaign) http://nano.foe.org.au/
- We support the fight for the sustainable sourcing of Palm Oil, headed by the Palm Oil Action group. Letters, postcards, web site, petition, events. http://www.palmoilaction.org.au/
- Working with The "Freinds of the Vegie Patch" to petition State Government to re-evaluate water restrictions that would allow home produce gardeners to water more frequently and more efficiently.