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Supporting Local Food

With the rush to globalisation and mass exporting, we have lost our access to nutrient rich local food. Converte is passionate about supporting local food initiatives. One example is Eat Local Thursday out of Wagga Wagga, NSW. Read below more about their passion and if you want to start your own local food initiave give them a call.

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http://www.eatlocalthursday.org/

Pennie Scott

M: 0427 44 11 07

E: founder@eatlocalthursday.org

 

Good food has never come from factory farms, process lines, canteens, supermarkets and fast food chains. It still belongs to careful vegetable gardeners, painstaking cheese makers and dedicated chef-patrons, meeting in the bustling market-place.

Michael Symons, One Continuous Picnic (Penguin)

Why EAT LOCAL THURSDAY and how did it start?

The desire to easily access locally grown foods at least every week is one of the reasons pennie scott created the EAT LOCAL THURSDAY movement in Wagga.  She knew many others who also wanted to buy directly from growers yet, to do so was time-consuming as it required many stops at different shops. This actually becomes an obstacle when Eaters are time-poor. One of the advantages of supermarkets is the convenience they offer with so many products in one place – one parking, one transaction, one loading into the car, then home.

As small-scale producers are unable to participate in supermarket-scale operations, there are fewer opportunities for them to trade which results in less reliable and regular cash-flows and, as we all know, cash-flow is critical to having a financially sound enterprise.

The economic leakage from food retailed though externally owned businesses in Wagga is at least $260,450,000 EVERY YEAR and this does not include sales from fast-food chains. The situation of cheap imports replacing locally grown products has caused the closure of almost all vegetable processing plants in Australia and therefore opportunities for growers to sell their produce in this market. The fact that beautiful fruit trees (stonefruit, pome, citrus) have and continue to be pulled out in the Riverina as they no longer have ‘value’ is scandalous in this era of looming food famines (Julian Cribb ‘The Coming Famine’ {2010}).

Intimately linked to this is the loss of knowledge of how to grow food as farmers sell their land and relocate to urban centres. This dearth of capacity then allows supermarkets to claim ‘we can’t get enough supply from Australia so we have to import’. This is a viscious cycle we can change – by buying directly from the clever farmers who grow our foods so they remain prosperous.  When they are prospering, energy, resources, knowledge and time will be reinvested into growing more foods as they are being paid respectful and fair prices for their efforts.

So, they are some of the reasons I started EAT LOCAL THURSDAY and I look forward to the movement spreading to all towns.

Some of the local farmers building this food economy:

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highlandfarms
jollyberries
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lambs
knights

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