One can only imagine the internal debates in the greens as they came up with a food policy which doesn’t call non-vegans murderers.
It seems local food is an end unto itself:
“Canberrans love their fresh, local food. We can see that every weekend here at the Farmers’ Market,” said Caroline Le Couteur, ACT Greens food security spokesperson.
“The benefits of eating more local food are many, including reduced food kilometres, local employment, consumer choice, eating seasonally, and local fresh produce tastes the best too.
I’m sensing a certain circularity there but I like a slow food banquet at least as much as the next man.
This $1.7 million Food Industry Package includes:
— $500,000 for a ‘Growing Community Gardens’ grant program
— $69,000 to convene a Food Roundtable bringing together community expertise to identify food issue priorities and advise government on food and agricultural issues
— $1.2 Million to fund a Food Industry Development Office to implement Food Roundtable proposals for local and regional food programs including:
— $200,000 for an ACT Food Map and Food Futures Plan to identify consumption and production of local and regional food and outline actions for ACT’s future food security
— $160,000 for local and regional producer engagement to develop regional food industry links
— $100,000 for educational materials for backyard gardening