7 episodes

The Fair Food Futures podcast explores the stories and visions for change put forth by community food networks in Australia as they seek to progress transformations towards sustainable food futures, and identifies the strategies, challenges and opportunities for making civil society’s visions for fair food futures come to life. Our main questions were: what does it mean to do ‘food justice’ in Australia? What does your fair food future look like, and how do we get there? With these questions in mind, we listened to stories from leaders of grassroots food organisations, community workers, farmers, First Nations communities, activists, consumers, academics and global policy makers. By bringing these voices together, the Fair Food Futures podcast aims to create a space for dialogue and alliance building between members of civic food networks in Australia, and contribute to ongoing conversations about the opportunities and challenges for policy change. Fair Food Futures is based on research conducted at The University of Queensland and funded by the Australian Research Council, in collaboration with civic food networks in Australia. The Fair Food Futures Podcast is produced and facilitated by Dr Kiah Smith, Dr Daniel Cruz, and Joanna Horton, from the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. It was made possible thanks to the support of the Future Earth's Pathways Communication Grants Program. Recorded at VMP Studio by Liam Polmear & Ian Chapman. Illustrations by Brenna Quinlan. Audio sting by Charlie Mgee. Visit our website for more information: https://fairfoodfutures.com/

Fair Food Futures Dr Kiah Smith, Dr Daniel Cruz, and Joanna Horton, in collaboration with civic food networks in Australia

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The Fair Food Futures podcast explores the stories and visions for change put forth by community food networks in Australia as they seek to progress transformations towards sustainable food futures, and identifies the strategies, challenges and opportunities for making civil society’s visions for fair food futures come to life. Our main questions were: what does it mean to do ‘food justice’ in Australia? What does your fair food future look like, and how do we get there? With these questions in mind, we listened to stories from leaders of grassroots food organisations, community workers, farmers, First Nations communities, activists, consumers, academics and global policy makers. By bringing these voices together, the Fair Food Futures podcast aims to create a space for dialogue and alliance building between members of civic food networks in Australia, and contribute to ongoing conversations about the opportunities and challenges for policy change. Fair Food Futures is based on research conducted at The University of Queensland and funded by the Australian Research Council, in collaboration with civic food networks in Australia. The Fair Food Futures Podcast is produced and facilitated by Dr Kiah Smith, Dr Daniel Cruz, and Joanna Horton, from the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. It was made possible thanks to the support of the Future Earth's Pathways Communication Grants Program. Recorded at VMP Studio by Liam Polmear & Ian Chapman. Illustrations by Brenna Quinlan. Audio sting by Charlie Mgee. Visit our website for more information: https://fairfoodfutures.com/

    Episode 1: ‘Creating fair food futures in Australia’: A yarn with Costa Georgiadis

    Episode 1: ‘Creating fair food futures in Australia’: A yarn with Costa Georgiadis

    In this introductory episode of the Fair Food Futures podcast, Dr Kiah Smith, ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland; and landscape architect, TV presenter, and gardening superstar Costa Georgiadis, engage in a conversation about the diversity of grassroots fair food initiatives in Australia. Imagining he had a 'magic wand', Costa describes his ideal 'fair food future', and talks with Kiah about how civic food initiatives can be scaled-up to transform the wider ...

    • 51 min
    Episode 2: ‘You don’t get justice merely by surviving the system’: a food justice conversation with Dr. Raj Patel

    Episode 2: ‘You don’t get justice merely by surviving the system’: a food justice conversation with Dr. Raj Patel

    In this second episode of the Fair Food Futures podcast, the world-famous author, filmmaker, activist, and academic Dr Raj Patel shares an overview of some of the structural problems with the global food system, in conversation with Dr Kiah Smith, ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. By drawing on evidence gathered during more than 30 years researching (and fighting) the global and US food systems, Raj shares his insights about the history and potential...

    • 49 min
    Episode 3: Practicing ‘intersectional solidarity and care’ with First Nations, grassroots, and refugee communities

    Episode 3: Practicing ‘intersectional solidarity and care’ with First Nations, grassroots, and refugee communities

    In this episode of the Fair Food Futures podcast we begin our journey alongside leaders of civic food networks in Australia, learning from them how they uphold intersectional solidarity and care practices in their work. This episode brings together three examples of how the “Long Table” scenario identified by the Fair Food Futures project can look like in practice. Francis Nona and Dr Preetha Thomas, from the UQ Reconciliation Garden, explain how the garden aims to promote the voices of ...

    • 47 min
    Episode 4: ‘Resilience beyond crisis’: the power of connecting producers and consumers

    Episode 4: ‘Resilience beyond crisis’: the power of connecting producers and consumers

    In this episode inspired by the “Fair Food in the City” scenario, small-scale producers Jacki Hinchey from Blue Dog Farm, Matt Bakker and Micah Oberon from Neighbourhood Farm, and Phil Garozzo and Alice Star from Loop Growers share their first-hand experiences with recent crises, such as the 2022 floods and the COVID19 pandemic. Our guest speakers explain how their ongoing resilience was possible thanks to the social connections they built with their communities over the years, which played a...

    • 43 min
    Episode 5: ‘Food as Commons’: bridging the rural-urban divide through collective ownership and action

    Episode 5: ‘Food as Commons’: bridging the rural-urban divide through collective ownership and action

    This time, our food justice conversations welcome Dr Hope Foley from Growing Forward, and Andrew Ward from Regen Farmers Mutual, who share their ideas about understanding food and land as “commons”. Hope explains Growing Forward’s approach to land sovereignty and common ownership, which reclaims unused public land to grow food to feed local communities, including refugees, all with the support of First Nations Elders. From the perspective of Regen Farmers Mutual, Andrew talks about thei...

    • 50 min
    Episode 6: ‘Food and rights for all’: the missing conversation about hunger and land access in Australia

    Episode 6: ‘Food and rights for all’: the missing conversation about hunger and land access in Australia

    In this episode, Dr Rachel Carey, Senior Lecturer in food systems at the School of Agriculture and Food from the University of Melbourne, and Emma Brindal, the Youth Education Coordinator of the Northey St City Farm and co-founder of the Decolonisation Action Group, take us on a journey to understand what the right to food means, based on their work with civic food networks in Australia. The conversation sheds light on “hidden hunger” in Australia, where women and children, including Fir...

    • 45 min

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