In this episode we hear from Gabrielle Chan, a journalist and author who has lived on a farm for 25 years. She began covering the NSW parliament in the 90s and moved to the Canberra press gallery in 1995. Gabrielle has worked at The Australian, ABC radio, The Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and politics and has been a political correspondent for The Guardian Australia since 2013. She has written and edited history books, biographies and a recipe book. Her latest book, Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up was released in September 2018 and short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
We talk about food politics, policy and governance in Australia, the impact of COVID on rural and regional communities, supply chains, neoliberalism, water markets, mid size family farms, competition policy, food energy water soil (FEWS) nexus and food price. Special shout out to all the birds in ‘Frank’ the oleander tree in Gabrielle’s garden. You can find Gabrielle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, The Guardian and essays Another Country and Losing the Farm.
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Links to things mentioned in the episode: Resilience in the Australian food supply chain 2011/12; Acres and Acres; Margaret Simons Cry Me a River; Feather and Bone Butchery; Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2020; Foreign-ownership; Australian Story Charles Massy; Wendell Berry; Rattan Lal; ecosystem services.