The Give a Fork! campaign, put together by Sustainable Table, kicks off on 1 April and we're going to get Drop Dead #grexy (sexy greenie).
It's a fun and important campaign that is close to our heart. We hope through this campaign that we generate vibrant and productive conversations on fair food, ethical production, food for health and sustainable growing habits. Sustainable Table says that 30% of our personal eco-footprint is embodied in the food we buy or consume, and by changing the way we eat will change the world!
How are we going to make a difference? We are so glad you asked, BurraBee Farm pledge to be Drop Dead #grexy for the entire month of April. This means we'll eat ethically, attempting to fit all our landfill waste into one container and incorporate sustainable eating and living habits into our daily life.
We will also donate 10% of all April Harvest bag sales to the Give a Fork! campaign. This means for every Harvest Bag sold during April (starting this week), $4 will be donated to the Give a Fork! campaign.
We'd love your support and to join us on our April #grexy journey.
This week's Harvest Bags are fully of #grexy fresh vegetables. To provide us with enough time to pick, clean and pack the fresh vegetables, please place your order by 10am Friday, 1 April 2016.
For Queanbeyan customers
Friday, 1 April 2016 between 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, 2 April 2016 between 11:00am - 12:00pm
For Canberra customers
Friday, 1 April 2016 between 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, 2 April 2016 between 12:30pm - 2:00pm
We'll keep you posted on our progress, what changes we have made and our challenges. If you've joined the challenge too, send us an email, we'd love to hear about your journey. We can change the world one fork at a time. Here's some food for thought.
Give a Fork says 'Farmers, producers and everyone involved in the food chain are critical to our survival and the health of our country', however major supermarkets control 80% of the grocery market and demand food contracts that only benefit their business. Little consideration is given to the ability of the supplier to meet the terms, the environment and consumer need.
According to the 2014 green paper on Australian agriculture, on average, farmers receive only 10% of the retail price of the food they supply, and many labeling laws for 'Made in Australia' only require 51% of the product to be substantially transformed in Australia. Not grown and produced in Australia. The solution is easy, buy food that is seasonal and locally grown. It supports the local economy and a regular supply of fresh food.
Using information sourced from voiceless.org.au, Give a Fork says '...there are over 500 million chickens, pigs, ducks, rabbits and turkeys in factory farms each year.' Many factory farms struggle to look after these animals humanly. Give a Fork points out that it costs us $10 to purchase a whole chicken at the supermarket but a bottle of wine costs $20. It doesn't add up. When you buy ethically produced meat you are changing the food system and demanding humanly raised animals.
It's scary to think that our children, with all our modern marvels, could have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, and it's all to do with the food we consume. The Australian Health Survey (ABS 2015) shows that only 1 in 20 Australian eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetable, this could be because we have more food choices, but these aren't necessarily healthy food choices, and we are consuming twice the recommended amount of meat. There are a few simple ways to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet; you could have a meatless Monday meal, or chop up a few vegetables to take to work for snacks.
Good for the Environment
Australian farmers have supported our growing nation for centuries, they have cleared land to produce more food and they've used fertilisers with support from the Government to grow bigger, faster and better crops. This isn't sustainable however, and the impact on the environment is showing. There is an easy way of making a difference. You can grow your own veges, support local small farmers, buy from a farmers market, and pay a fair and reasonable price for fresh ethically grown food.