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South Coast Small Producers Grant

South Coast Producer Grant
Attention to all small-scale growers, fishermen, and food producers on the South Coast! The local convivium is again able to offer a ‘Producers Grant’ to help small-scale producers achieve their goals of becoming better local growers or producers. Applications are open till the 30th of June.

Food Security in Australia

Cosmos, 4 February 2022.- Jamie Priest wrote this article for Cosmos, an Australian science online magazine. On it, she collected research and interviews on how climate change and other factors are affecting the country's food security. For example, it highlights the fragile situation of remote locations in central Australia where finding fresh food is difficult as well as expensive.

Air pollution reduces the ability of butterflies and bees to pollinate flowers and crops, study finds

ABC Science, 7th January, 2022. A study looking at the impacts of common air pollutants has found that flower pollination is significantly lower where pollution is present. The presence of air pollution, even at levels lower than US national guidelines, appeared to be interfering with the insects' ability to sniff out flowers and could reduce rates of pollination in areas where air pollution is high, they said.

Remembering Edward O. Wilson, father of sociobiology and biodiversity

Tuesday 28th December. “Biodiversity’ is a recent word – Edward O. Wilson used it for the first time in 1986 – and it is a somewhat difficult word, which interests few people, mainly those who study it. In fact, it should be everyone’s business, because it refers to life itself, from the smallest level (genes), to animal and plant species, to the most complex levels, the ecosystems".

Are you consuming food that is good for you and the planet?

Consume Good Food
Tuesday 21 December 2021. Slow Food International has prepared a great material to put your food-fact knowledge to the test and clear some of the myths surrounding our favorite food. This is not about the five-second rule or if swallowing a watermelon seed will make a plant grow in your stomach, but to teach us the relationship between food that is healthy for us, the producers, and the environment, and of course, tasty.

Analysis on Production of Cured Pork Products

Wednesday, 17th November 2021. We are pleased to invite you to read Slow Food's new research study "European Quality Schemes, Between Identity-Shaping Values and the Market", by Chiara Palandri, Raffaella Ponzio, and Piero Sardo The study is an analysis of the production specifications for 176 cured pork products registered under one of the European Union's quality schemes, it fits in perfectly with the theme of this year's Cheese, "Consider the Animals.


Paris Agreement
Saturday, 13th November 2021 - COP26 ends with global agreement to accelerate action on climate this decade. - Two weeks of intense negotiations finally complete the Paris Rulebook. - For the first time COP agrees position on phasing down unabated coal power. - The Glasgow Climate Pact caps two years of diplomacy and ambition raising.

How can NSW ensure food security in the future?

Wednesday 10th November 2021. A new inquiry announced by the Legislative Assembly's Committee on Environment and Planning will look at the issue of food production and supply. The inquiry will examine how food security and equitable access to food can be improved in NSW, and how we can promote more productive and sustainable methods of producing and transporting food.

Slow Food: COP26 Addresses Agriculture but Focusses on Bad Solutions

Saturday, 7th November 2021- In order to meet climate neutrality by 2050, COP26 should pave the way for the transition towards agroecological food systems, where evidence shows that they keep carbon in the ground, support biodiversity, rebuild soil fertility and sustain yields over time, providing a basis for secure farm livelihoods and healthy diets for all.