It’s Friday! Woo! In this week’s round up, a selection of articles, events and ideas that have piqued my interest.
Event: Transitions Film Festival.
Kicking things off this week is the fabulous Transitions Film Festival which returns to Adelaide in November with an inspiring program of documentaries and discussions.
The line-up sounds great and two films in particular – Growing Cities and Project Wild Thing – sound particularly interesting. Films will be followed with a discussion by notable changemakers including Costa Georgiadis (from Gardening Australia) and Alistair Martin (co-founder of Ripe Near Me).
For more information and to book your tickets head to the website and stay tuned to the blog for some exciting news about the festival.
Event: Fair Food Week
Fair Food Week is on again from the 10th October and Fair Food Adelaide will be kicking things off with a very special event -“Food Insecurity: A Hidden Issue”, next Friday from 5.30pm at the Thebarton Community Centre. Special guest speaker is Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York Coalition Against Hunger who will be asking the question ‘why does hunger still exist in developed countries like Australia?’.
Come along to an engaging evening of discussion on why the issue of Food Security exists and how we can end it.
Stay after the discussion for drinks and nibbles to celebrate the joint launch of Fair Food Week and Anti-Poverty Week in Adelaide.
For more information and to register head to: http://fairfoodweek.org.au/event/food-insecurity-a-hidden-issue/
Asiafest is on in Adelaide this weekend and it looks fantastic. The weather looks like it’s going to be magnificent too so if you’re around the place and looking for something to do, head to Rymill Park for some noodles and sumo. Program and details here.
Link: How to grow the Best Ever Tomatoes.
This handy guide from the team at Milkwood Permaculture has some great tips on how to grow great tomatoes. I’m hoping for a bumper crop this year so will be studying this closely.
Link: Give a Fork
The team at Sustainable Table have launched this year’s Give a Fork! campaign, and this year’s theme is Food Waste.
This year they are asking people to host a waste-free meal for friends and family, with the money raised going towards helping Sustainable Table to do their important work both here and abroad.
Check it out.
Article: Supermarket Monsters via The Monthly
“When people go into Woolworths and get milk for a dollar, they should also be asking, ‘What’s the cost of this cheaper thing to the greater economy and its sustainability?’ What are they really paying, behind that one dollar? That is a very expensive cheap product.”
I’ve shared this one over on my Facebook page, but it’s worth posting here too. It is a long read, but an important one so perhaps save it for later. The Monthly chronicles the dirty tactics of the big two supermarkets and the impact it is having on small businesses, farmers and the community.
It’s truly shocking just how deep the problem goes and leaves me wondering if there is a workable solution. Head over to the Facebook page to join the discussion.
Article: Coles fined, banned from advertising ‘fresh bread’ for three years.
This article has been all over the news and for good reason. Coles have been banned from advertising that their bread has been ‘freshly baked’ and ‘baked today’ for three years, after the ACCC found that the company has been misleading consumers.
The truth is that the bread is made, partially baked (sometimes as far away as Ireland, and several months in advance) then frozen and sent to stores to be finished.
The company faces penalties of more than $3million. With annual revenue of $53billion, a $7m fine equates to 0.00013% of their total yearly profit – take from that what you will.
Article: ‘I wouldn’t put my name on that’ – Why Heston’s spruiking for Coles is just a step too far
While we’re bashing on the big two, here’s another article that has caused quite a stir this week. A couple of chef’s try some ‘HESTON for Coles’ products and find that they are kind of shit.
It turns out that some of the baked goods have ‘been repackaged as a generic Coles product’ too.
As the author points out it’s disappointing both because Heston is such a genuinely great chef spruiking ready-to-eat product, and because these products actively “discourage people to cook for themselves with decent produce, the kind you know where it’s come from and what’s in your mouth, or sourcing something made by hand rather than a factory. That’s not a great thing.”
Couldn’t agree more!
Have a fabulous weekend.
What has inspired you this week?