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Foodfaith Organisation Launched

The FoodFaith Organization has been launched!

Photographer: Naomi Shaw

Clarence Slockee, Education Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Programs at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Sydney Imam Ahmed Abdo of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Rabbi Zalman Kastel of Together for Humanity Heather Fagan of Islamic Science and Research Academy Peter Burr, CEO Meat Free Week Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Rev John Buchanan of North Sydney Presbyterian Church Judy Friedlander, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Hayriye Aknar of Islamic Science and Research Academy Anita Kwan of Tzu Chi Buddhist Sydney Kim Lee of Tzu Chi Buddhist Sydney Vijai Singhal of the Hindu Council of Australia Sr Elizabeth Delaney, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches Australia Gareth Johnson, Catholic Earthcare

Credit: Photographer: Naomi Shaw

Photographer: Naomi Shaw

(The three gentlemen in the image of three are from left to right: Imam Ahmed Abdo of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Rabbi Zalman Kastel of Together for Humanity and Presbyterian Minister John Buchanan.)

Credit: Photographer: Naomi Shaw

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A Rabbi, Imam, Christian minister, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic and Indigenous leaders gathered in Sydney this week to put the subject of food sustainability on the table.

The leaders spoke about a show of strength, shared values, a “climate of hope” and a productive faith partnership – a positive antidote to the prevailing negativity in the news agenda.

The gathering at Sydney’s Bodhi Restaurant launched the world-first Australian initiative, a response to the growing concerns of climate change, hunger, loss of biodiversity, water restrictions and other environmental crises in which food and agriculture play a major role. At the launch, a raft of projects and recommendations were announced.

FoodFaith is supported by The Institute for Sustainable Futures at The University of Technology Sydney, Meat Free Week (https://meatfreeweek.org/), and The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).

Key recommendations of FoodFaith (www.foodfaith.com.au) are:

▪ Limiting food waste
▪ Eating less meat and more vegetables to reduce our personal
carbon footprint
▪ Sharing excess food with organizations who can benefit
▪ Linking up with local farmers through community supported
agriculture; and
▪ Advising against or banning the use of ingredients from
endangered plants and animals in food and traditional medicines.
FoodFaith is also a platform for different religious groups to come together and assist those less fortunate by providing a meat-free meal as a communal activity.

Another practical initiative FoodFaith is looking to implement is an interfaith youth project creating an edible garden together. The ‘Planting Seeds’ project aims to create ‘fertile common ground’ where everyone has a different yet complementary role to encourage growth and nourishment. See www.foodfaith.com.au

Those attending included Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, Imam Ahmed Abdo of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Rabbi Zalman Kastel of Together for Humanity, Sr Elizabeth Delaney, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches Australia, Dr Miriam Pepper of Uniting Earthweb, Vijai Singhal of the Hindu Council of Australia, Clarence Slockee, Education Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Programs at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Sydney and Kim Lee from Tzu Chi Buddhist Sydney.

Information on each faith’s sustainable food beliefs and initiatives can be found on the www.foodfaith.com.au website.
ABC Radio National’s Dr Rachael Kohn, presenter of The Spirit of Things, also spoke at the event.