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Launching the Mana-Centred Local Food System Model

Launching the Mana-Centred Local Food System Model

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Today we’re launching the Mana-centred Local Food System Model. It’s the culmination of research we did with Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, which focussed on examples of Food System Innovators - a set of incredibly innovative, determined and inspirational farmers and fishers. But this model also imagines how we get our food from them, through the ‘infrastructure of the middle’ and what we might need to do as eaters, communities and policy makers to make that easier. I believe this is a genuine model offering food security and community agency. We are offering this for consideration to all communities and whomever forms the next government.

I think it’s a pathway to local food access, grounded in the understanding that we need to live within our planetary boundaries.

To thrive we need our smaller food producers to have meaningful livelihoods, and for all of us to be able to find good food to keep us well. #LotsOfLittle

More details here.

Poipoia te kakano kia puawai - Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring.

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand. @eat.newzealand

#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourFisher #EatNZGrains #GrowFoodCommunities #EatNZKaitaki #RepurposeTheSurplus #Biodiversity #FeastMatariki #MahikaKai

Tell me more about the Mana-Centred Local Food System Model

Meet our NZ Food System Innovators!
Watch the full video on Vimeo here.

Ideas to #RepurposeTheSurplus

Last Friday 29th September was International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction so we honoured the day by encouraging our Eat NZ Kaitaki to share what they do to reduce food waste at home, at work, or in their communities.

Why is preventing food loss and waste important?

Globally, around 13% of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, while an estimated 17% percent of total global food production is wasted in households, food service and retail. Head over to the Kaitaki Substack to learn about 22 ways to fight food waste and help #repurposethesurplus.

Take me to the Food Waste Inspo!

Also! A very cool collaborative product idea from the team at Six Barrel Soda who have teamed up with Everybody Eats (pay-as-you-feel restaurant that uses rescued food) to create a 'Spiced Orange Syrup' made from orange rinds donated by Moore Wilson's - a byproduct of their famous freshly squeezed orange juice.

$1 from each soda purchase goes towards supporting Everybody Eats and their mission to reduce food waste, food poverty and social isolation in Aotearoa.

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Our Land and Water & Foundation for Arable Research.

Let’s get started. Every step is closer to a food secure, resilient and delicious Aotearoa.


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