The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 to support farmers facing stifling regulation on food standards.
Last month the prosecution of Willunga SA dairy farmer Mark Tyler for providing raw milk triggered a strong reaction from members of AFSA who claim that government failure to keep up with innovation in small-scale local food production is damaging livelihoods and restricting consumer choice.
‘It’s a shame when farmers have to fight their own governments for the right to feed their communities, but that time has come,’ said AFSA President and free-range pig farmer Tammi Jonas.
‘On-farm processing is copping unfair and inconsistent regulation of facilities, and outdated and illogical definitions in local planning schemes.
‘Regulation is preventing us from supplying ethical, ecologically-sound, nutritious and delicious food to our communities.‘
Other recent cases include the enforced closure of Elgaar Organic Farm in Tasmania and Happy Valley Free Range pig farm in Victoria.
The Legal Defence Fund will establish a legal advice hotline to support farmers caught up in a trial by media, and fund casework to lobby for legal reform.
It will also provide advice on public and product liability for farms and food producers who sell direct to the public, and offer examples of best-practice planning for farmers and local councils.
All funds received will go directly to support farmers and eaters in their efforts to produce and have access to ethically and ecologically grown food. source
Tammi Jonas, President
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The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is a collaboration of farmers, academics, chefs, organisations, and individuals working together towards a food system in which people have the opportunity to create, manage, and choose their food and agriculture systems from paddock to plate. Our members include peak bodies and local government agencies such as the Melbourne Farmers Markets Association, the Victorian Local Governance Association, and Southern Harvest; leading ecological organisations such as Regrarians, Food Connect, MADGE, Feather & Bone, and Milkwood; and regenerative direct-to-consumer farms such as Buena Vista, Jonai Farms, Milking Yard, Old Mill Bio, Sage, Savannah, and Southampton Homestead.
AFSA recently attended the Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN, where support for smallholders to control their value chains, and for agroecological farming systems are priority workstreams.
Our vision is to enable regenerative farming businesses to thrive, free from restrictive outdated regulations that work to protect industrialised farming and food producers. Australians increasingly care about the way their food is produced including its social and environmental impacts, and food produced on small regenerative farms is in unprecedented demand.
With the support of the Australian public, AFSA aims to take back control of the food system from corporate interests and educate our government about what a fair food system looks (and tastes) like. source