The future of our food system is important to us all, because we all eat. And unlike many aspects of life, we can play a role in deciding the future of our food. As I see it, the future of our food is being decided by a series of decisions at the multinational corporate level, at the national government level, at the state government level, at the local government level, and at the household level.
I see that hierarchy as being upside down. We need to put the household at the top of that tree.
To achieve this, I reckon we need to start with ourselves. The little decisions we make at home can be the most important.
Let’s not allow the big picture to overwhelm us.
We don’t have to fight the multinationals or the government.
All we have to do is decide what we want ourselves.
We may have to forego some convenience if we go down the path of deciding things of ourselves, but the rewards will come to us when we take our future in our own hands.
I would like to discuss things with those who come to our open day on Saturday.
We may enjoy a future which allows us to choose whether we buy our food from supermarkets or feed ourselves with produce
from local producers.
There is a future ahead that may be dominated by big, multinational business; where large agribusiness enterprises sell food to large supermarket enterprises.
The only options in such a system are those that are allowed by the commercial decisions of these enterprises.
We have to choose whether there is room in our future for small farms