By signing the below declaration you stand with a growing number of signatories from local councils, organisations and individuals and in doing so strengthen our united voice of our shared vision. This Declaration proposes a common vision and set of principles for a healthy, sustainable, resilient and fair food system for all Australians.
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Urban & Regional Food Declaration
Food is fundamental to life and health. Increasing urbanization, the industrialization of agriculture and a changing climate are adversely impacting many parts of the global food system. This interconnected food system includes production, processing, distribution, consumption, waste management, and meaning creation. The food system faces compounding global challenges and variable local issues. The scale of these challenges and issues is reflected in local concerns about food security, producer livelihoods, local economies, damage to ecosystems, persistently high levels of hunger and malnutrition, a pandemic of dietary-related illness and disease, and biodiversity reduction.
Many organisation and government policy areas - including health, planning, transport, infrastructure, economic development, education, trade, biosecurity and environment - are relevant to the food system. A coherent long term food policy, at whatever level and scale of governance, enables the integration of these different areas. Cities and regions need a sustainable, fair and resilient food system that provides dignified access to healthy food for all citizens, offers viable livelihoods for local producers, and engenders careful stewardship of regional ecosystems.
To achieve a vision of a sustainable, healthy and fair food system, integrated action is needed from individuals, communities, businesses, organisations and governments. The purpose of this Declaration is to encourage such action through offering the following:
- A set of agreed principles;
- A lexicon of agreed definitions and common language;
- A generalized framework for policy and legislative changes;
- A tool for mobilization and advocacy; and
- An associated set of tools for assessment and analysis.
Signatories to this Urban and Regional Food Declaration share a vision of a sustainable, healthy and fair food system. We commit to the following characteristics as shaping our approach to such a system:
- A thriving diversity of food production throughout our towns and cities and countryside, from networks of backyard, community and school gardens, to market gardens, ethical animal rearing, orchards, vineyards and food forests in our peri-urban and regional areas.
- A valuing of food producers as caretakers of the land and ecosystems, and as guarantors of our present and future food security.
- An expansion of farmers' markets, a wide variety of farm-gate shops and trails, and high streets revitalised with shops that burst with local and seasonal produce, all supporting a growing local food economy that generates jobs and livelihoods for communities.
- A food system that supports the health and well-being of all, recognising that access to good food is a fundamental and universal human right.
The food system is a complex set of practices that face unique and unprecedented challenges. This Declaration and its principles are based upon four domains as expressed in figure 1: Circles of Social Life.
Ecology: Our food system should actively maintain the health and integrity of the natural environment on which it depends, seeking to maintain the health of existing ecosystems and enhance biodiversity.
Economics: Our food system should support, create and sustain local and regional livelihoods while building a resilient food industry.
Politics: Governments and organisations should collaborate and work holistically, both internally and externally, while proactively engaging with communities to inform policy, planning and legislative actions relating to environmental stewardship, food security, health and wellbeing, and urban and regional livelihoods.
Culture: Our food system should embrace the diverse and cultural significance of food, recognizing its central role in promoting social cohesion, life-long and intergenerational learning, and community health and well-being.
City of Melbourne
City of Yarra
Moreland City Council
Cardinia Shire Council
Common Ground Project
Food Fairness Illawarra
South Australian Urban Food Network
Urabba Parks Pty Ltd
Young Farmers Connect
Australia's Right To Food Coalition
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian National University
Braidwood & Villages Business Chamber
Canberra City Farm
Central Queensland University
City of Ballarat
City of Greater Geelong
Community Gardens Australia
Flinders + Co.
Focus Planting Australia Pty. Ltd.
Folk of All Trades
Food Next Door Co-op
Food Plants International
Green Light Organic Market
Green Skills Inc.
GV Food Cooperative
Healthy Cities Illawarra
Local Food Connect
Masons of Bendigo
Melbourne Farmers Markets
Moreland Food Gardens Network
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Permaculture Education Institute
Project Fresh Start Inc.
Rainbow Coast Neighborhood Centre
Randwick City Council
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast NSW
Regional Development Australia Southern Inland NSW
Sandro Demaio Foundation
Shire of Augusta Margaret River
Slow Food Melbourne
Slow Food Swan Valley And Eastern Regions Inc
Spade & Barrow
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Sustainable Gardening Australia
The Community Plate
The Hills Food Frontier Inc
UN Global Compact Cities Programme
William Angliss Institute
Pauline Mary Crosbie
Founder/ , Bumblebee Factory.
Research fellow and academic, Deakin University
Executive Director, Sustain
Daniel Slavko Vlahek
Founder, Ainslie Urban Farm
Teacher, Carey Baptist College Forrestdale
Director of DMM Agronomy, Gower Support for Biological Services, DMM Agronomy, Biological Services
Founder, Accredited Nutritionist/Dietitian, Wattleseed Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing
Community food systems specialist, Community Gardens Australia
Food Specifications and Regulatory Officer, MSAC Solutions
Edible Ecology Facilitator, Let's Grow Shopping
Food systems professional
Founder of Symbiotic , Symbiotic
Coordinator, Garfield Community Garden
Managing Director, The Murrurundi Collective Pty Ltd
Allan 'Big Al' Connolly
Founder/Managing Director, Kommuniti HQ
East Albury IGA
East Albury IGA
Owner, Wholesome Bellies
Collective Impact and Urban Agriculture Facilitator, Food Circles | Cardinia Shire Council
Director, Design Solutions Group
William Douglas mansell
Founder, Habitat Solutions
Farm Manager, Heart Tree Care Farm
Health Promotion Officer (Food Security & Sustainability) , Healthy Cities Illawarra / Food Fairness Illawarra
Joanne Helen Cody
Academic, Le Cordon Bleu Australia
Daniel James Racovolis
Enactor, Urabba Parks Pty Ltd
William Leon Naufahu
CEO, Randwick City Council
CEO, Green Look Living Space
Owner, Copper & Stone Cafe
Pasta Maker, Radical Pasta
Project Assistant and Oakhill Comms Coordinator, Sustain
Proprietor, Dan's Gardens
Educator, Folk of All Trades
Chief Waste Warrior , Forkful
Artist, Creative Space
Principal Consultant, Edge Land Planning
Jessica Skye Johnston-Doyle
Student, Victoria University
Co-founder/Treasurer, Just Food Collective
Common Ground Project
timothy william read
Freelance consultant: biodiversity conservation, food systems, climate change adaptation, Biome
Director, Pure Peninsula Honey