National Recycling Week (in mid-November) focuses our attention on the ‘circular economy’. These words convey that we can still be productive and not damage the earth! Planet Ark reports that in the 20 years to 2015, Australia’s population increased by 28% and waste levels grew by 170%. But, the good news is that recycling is growing at an even faster rate than waste. This feature provides links to the wonderful resources created by Planet Ark.
The Johns Hopkins Health Review is one of the world’s leading health authorities and it has just published positive research on what the American Council on Exercise calls ‘faith-based fitness’, one of the year’s top trends. This trend shows how public health and religion can assist one another. We bring you an edited version of the Review feature by Shiela Mulrooney Eldred just published.
Food insecurity remains a constant struggle in many families around the globe with over three million children dying before their 5th birthday because of poor nutrition. Lyra Villafana has compiled this excellent report on how you can assist.
Free food, anyone? Lyra Villafana looks at the growing number of online communities and mobile apps making it easier to share surplus harvest from backyard gardens. From Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to iPhone and Android apps, choices run aplenty for people seeking to swap their excess produce to reduce food wastage. FoodFaith and Crop Swap have collaborated on one such successful food swap. Other notable apps: Spare Harvest, Olio, Urb, Grow2Share and Giving Garden.
On Sunday March 26, we celebrated our neighbours in the Lane Cove community alongside various local groups and organisations. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day and thank everyone involved for their support and participation.
FoodFaith was proud to be involved in the Culinary Tales workshop recently. Run by Enactus University of Sydney, we donated herbs from our community garden. Enactus helps to create lasting social change by helping to develop skills. Culinary Tales provides refugees with cooking workshop skills, contacts and promotions.
FoodFaith's Founder, Judy Friedlander, delivered the keynote address at Randwick City Council's recent World Environment Day celebrations. The event featured a smorgasbord of song, dance, poetry and speeches and showcased Australia's diversity and the common heritage and spiritual and social importance that all cultures and belief systems place on the natural environment.
FoodFaith's inaugural educational session saw school groups and interested community members gather to learn about Indigenous food and sustainable practices. Shannon Foster D'harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper spoke of her extraordinary knowledge of the foods and plants around us that many take for granted. The inspirational presentations allowed children to taste local plant foods that gave them new-found respect for our heritage...
FoodFaith was launched in March 2015 with religious leaders breaking bread with academics and sustainability groups to discuss the latest food sustainability issues and strategies.
The gathering at Sydney’s Bodhi Restaurant launched a world-first Australian initiative FoodFaith, a response to the growing concerns of climate change, hunger, loss of biodiversity, water restrictions and other environmental crises in which food and agriculture play a major role.