Rachel Carey from Melbourne University was a special guest at our meeting on the 29th July.
She talked with us about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures.
We had a great turnout, including members from our sister CWA branches and our neighbourhood. Over tea and home-baked goodies, Rachel talked to us about the importance of Victorian farms in supplying food to all of us in cities and regional areas, and the alarming risks that are emerging to farm livelihoods and our local fresh food supply.
Rachel is one of the authors of a new report that outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system.
This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.
We will be doing more work to highlight this important issue across the CWA of Victoria and the wider community.
Please email us if you would like to get involved.