The Impetus for and Viability of Local Food Systems

This is my second project for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, with whom I’m just thrilled to be working.

The piece is co-authored with Nick Rose, as a follow-up and expansion to a piece he wrote to introduce to Australians a policy instrument, the Local Food Act, which has been implemented recently in Ontario Canada. The original article was in The ConversationBecause of its popularity and attraction of a lively debate, we decided to provide more food for thought and action.

Our paper, “A Local Food Act for Australia – the Conversation continues: The Impetus for and Viability of Local Food Systems“, covers these points:

  1. What’s wrong with the dominant agricultural paradigm?
  2. What suggests that local food systems constitute a viable and desirable alternative? (here we discuss consumer interest and farm profitability, as well as some innovative institutions: local branding schemes, farm-to-school, food hubs, and urban agriculture)
  3. What is needed to develop local food systems? (here we discuss food policy councils, agro-ecology, peri-urban agriculture, the health connection, Local Food Acts, and Fair Trade Agreements)