We are a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers with a mission to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone.
We work for a future where producers can work with dignity to earn a decent living and everyone can access local, healthy and affordable food, fuel and fibre – a food and land-use system based on agroecology and food sovereignty that furthers social and environmental justice.
Vocal for Local
What’s the issue?
Over the last 50 years or so, our food system has become dominated by a handful of corporate supermarket supply chains. While they have delivered cheap food to millions, this convenience has come at enormous cost; to the environment through the promotion of unsustainable farming practices and high food miles; to local economies and communities though decimation of local food and farming businesses; and to health through the promotion of cheap, highly processed, nutritionally poor foods. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of supermarket supply chains in terms of their capacity to respond to systemic shocks, resulting in empty shelves and a spike in food insecurity.
What are we doing?
The Vocal for Local campaign is advocating for decentralised local and short supply chain food systems as the solution to many of the above problems and the route to a fairer, more sustainable, and more resilient food system that is fit to meet the climate, environmental and public health challenges that are becoming increasingly urgent.