A Plains to Plate Potluck Party

Reclaim the Food Chain extends an open invitation to a Plains to Plate Potluck Party on Friday August 23rd from 6pm.

A celebration and showcase of community food projects in Adelaide as part of Fair Food Week 2013.

Where: Upstairs at Earth Kitchen, 131 Pirie St

When: 6.30 for a shared potluck meal followed by a few short talks about local food projects

Music from 9pm

Why: to connect people who are passionate about just and sustainable food systems, learn what we are all up to, and celebrate our successes. It’s been three years since the Plains to Plate conference and this is a chance to reconnect and strengthen the network. Also a fun opportunity to learn what’s happening if you are interested in getting involved or learning more.

Bring a dish that represents your idea of fair food for a shared meal.

Hear about some of the amazing fair food projects happening in our very own backyard and share what you’re up to, or your ideas and dreams.

Then let your hair down and enjoy a delicious local beverage and a dance (local band TBA).

And in case that’s not enough, more food (that’s what it’s all about, right?)!  Delicious fair trade coffee and locally made cakes.

Get in the running for secret delicious door prizes!

All welcome!

Tell your friends.

A celebration of good food and farming

Cyclovida & Seeds of Freedom: opening night of FoE's Feast of Film

Cyclovida & Seeds of Freedom: opening night of FoE’s Feast of Film

Friends of the Earth presents the sixth annual Feast of Film

A celebration of good food and farming.

Saturday August 23rd 2003, 4pm-7pm

Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide

Tickets $10-$15, at the door

Soup, bread and cakes available at interval, by donation

For more information contact adelaide.office@foe.org.au

4pm doors open

4:30 films begin

5:30 – 6pm intermission

7pm close

All funds raised support local and international projects for just and sustainable food and farming.

Ciclovida (lifecycle) 76 min, Brazil

Ciclovida (lifecycle) follows a group of subsistence farmers as they traverse the South American continent by bicycle on a mission to rescue natural seeds.

The travellers document how agrofuels are taking over the countryside and displacing millions of small farmers and indigenous communities. Subsistence crops and forests are being replaced by green deserts of genetically modified monocultures where nothing else, plant or animal, can survive the toxic sprays.

Seeds of Freedom 30min

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.…

Potential Fossil Fuel Divestment training in Adelaide

Mike Pulsford, from 350.org,au, writes

I’ve been talking to Charlie Wood, 350.org’s national campaign director, about a possible date for a fossil fuel divestment training session in Adelaide. This session covers all the concepts, terms, strategies and arguments you need to run a divestment campaign with confidence, as well as an overview of the more detailed resources we’ve got for campaigners – primers, reports, templates and so on. It’s designed so that once you’ve done it, you can run the training yourself for others, and we’ll make all slides and materials available for this too.

She’s suggesting Sunday September 1. How many of you would be interested and able to make this date? We’d need at least 15 participants (though more is fine too – feel free to pass this email on to anyone who you think might be interested). Otherwise we can wait until later in the year.

The training itself goes for 3 hours; in Melbourne we had a share lunch and a brainstorming/campaign planning session afterwards, which made it a 5 hour event, but that’s optional (while very nice).

Let me know your thoughts, in any case!

Here in Melbourne we’ve made progress with the City of Melbourne, and one of the councillors has agreed to champion divestment to the rest of council, which is exciting. It looks from our initial research like they have no money invested in fossil fuels, so pledging to remain free of such investments should be pretty easy for them! We framed it as an invitation for them to lead on this nationally, which they seem to like the sound of. We’re also talking to Yarra Climate Action Now about collaborating on a campaign aimed at the City of Yarra.

The University of Melbourne campaign, run by the Environment Collective, is speeding ahead, with postering and actions and FOI requests and research and all the rest of it.…

A word to the banks…

Bill McKibben's Do the Math tour

Bill McKibben’s Do the Math tour

So that’s the issue. Is it true that ANZ Bank continues to invest in fossil fuel exploration and extraction? Is it true that ANZ Bank and its investors continue to make profits from destroying the planet’s ecosystem?

Isn’t that criminal

Brian Loffler, writing an open letter to the CEO of the ANZ bank on Divestment From Fossil Fuels

on the New Internationalist blog.…