S01 E08: Tammi Jonas, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

In this episode we hear from Tammi Jonas, an agroecological ‘ethicurian’ farmer of heritage-breed pigs and cattle, and president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). Tammi is very active in the global fight for food sovereignty, advocating in numerous UN governing bodies. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Australia on the biodiverse and decolonising practices of agroecological farmers, and is an editor and co-author of Farming Democracy: Radically transforming the food system from the ground up.

We talk about what food sovereignty is, community supported agriculture (CSA), the impacts of COVID on small scale producers, planning and legislative barriers, food systems and zoonotic disease, regenerative agriculture, radical transparency and accountability. You can find Tammi on Instagram, Twitter and at Jonai Farms and Meatsmiths, and AFSA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

You can find us at onebitepod.com and @onebitepod across social media.

Links to things mentioned in the episode: People’s Food Plan; La Via Campesina; International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC); Open Food Network; Australian Farmers Markets Association; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); Property Identification Codes (PIC); Meatworks and coronavirus: The ‘domino effect’ from Victoria’s abattoirs pushing COVID-19 case numbers higher ABC News; Murray Plains Meat Cooperative; Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO The Guardian; No Protection From Pandemics Unless We Fix Our Food Systems EAT Advisory Board; Confronting the Upstream Causes of COVID-19 and Other Epidemics to Follow (Waitzkin, 2020); Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19 by Rob Wallace; Transformation of our food systems – the making of a paradigm shift (IAASTD, 2020); Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (FAO, 2020); Victoria’s worst outbreak of avian influenza is raising questions about the rapid rise of free-range farming ABC News; Extinction of farm animals threatens food security and genetic diversity ABC News; Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy; Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms; Cradle to Cradle; Enough with ‘local’ and ‘organic’. We’ll begin to eat well when we farm well The Guardian; Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice by Gyorgy Scrinis; Landcare Australia; Lock the Gate.

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