Since the beginning of semester, the campus bible study group has been looking at the Global Food Crisis. We have participated in the 40 Hour Famine and mounted a display at Open Day raising awareness of the problems that people in developing countries experience as a result of the recent sky-rocketing food prices. Below is the text of a handout we produced to encourage people to take steps to improve the situation:
The Global Food Crisis
How can I help?
- Consume less and reduce your environmental footprint on the earth!
- Eat more veggies and dig deep! By eating organic meat, and beans, nuts, seeds and other environmentally-friendly sources of protein you can slow down climate change. Starting a veggie garden is also a great solution. Create sustainable food sources in your own backyard.
- Avoid grain-fed meat
- Take public transport, ride your bike or just walk! When you do need to use a car, car pool whenever possible
- Become a locovore! Buy locally-made and grown products and reduce your own dependence on oil and bio -fuel. Buying organic and in-season produce also reduces your impact on the environment. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to start. In Armidale a farmers’ market and car boot sale on the first three Sundays of every month starts Sunday 1st November 2009 in the grounds of Armidale City Public School. Local fresh produce is also often available at The Food Shed in Beardy St and at The Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Rusden St.
- Be a fair trader. If you can’t find Australian-made products, buy fair trade instead to make sure all food producers get a fair go. Encourage places where you shop regularly to stock fair trade items.
- Refuse, re-use, recycle – take green bags when you shop; if something is recyclable, recycle it – which may mean rinsing it and removing the lid. Consider buying second-hand goods rather than new.
- Support aid agencies that are working in the two-thirds world to improve farming techniques
- Encourage the government to spend more money on overseas aid that supports poor people
- Encourage the government to spend more money on research into non-food sources of bio-fuels (most Australian bio-fuel uses non-food sources eg sugar cane waste, but as demand increases, more sources need to be found)become informed about the issues and encourage others to follow your example.
Where on the web can I go?
Here are some places to start if you want to become informed and do something to make a difference:
http://www.tear.org.au/ – TEAR Australia (non-denominational – aid, development and education, gifts with a difference)
http://www.worldvision.com.au/ – World Vision (non-denominational – aid, development and education)
http://www.unitingworld.org.au/ – Uniting World (Uniting Church – aid, development and education)
http://www.caritas.org.au/ – Caritas (Catholic – aid, development and education)
http://green.wa.uca.org.au/ – Green Church (Uniting Church – sustainability)
http://www.mjuniting.org.au/greenchurch/ – Project Green Church (Uniting Church – sustainability)
http://www.micahchallenge.org.au/ – Micah Challenge (ecumenical, advocacy – the Christian arm of Make Poverty History)
http://www.earthbasics.com.au/ – Earth Basics (secular – eco friendly products for home and business)