What will the CRFC be?
The CRFC will be an independent information broker and coordinating body responsible for helping establish an integrated, sustainable, inclusive food system.
It will utilize a combination of research and knowledge sharing, investment attraction, events, skills development and grants/soft loans. It will encourage initiatives, producers and retailers to shorten the food supply chain, integrate water saving, soil regeneration and renewable energy with a focus on local research, development and services.
Canberra can take advantage of a technology and design-based wave in urban food which is sweeping the advanced cities of the world including Paris, Singapore, Toronto and Milan. As a nation-leading initiative the CRFC will:
By encouraging local, inclusive and ethical food production systems it will also provide:
We believe that a sustainable economy requires a sustainable urban food approach that encourages employment, investment, innovation, zero net emissions and food security.
This is even more important now that the pandemic and adverse climate driven events are impacting our food system and demonstrating the need to take steps to shore-up an inherent fragility.
The RDA ACT Sustainable Food Proposal outlines how the ACT can lead economic recovery in the region by focusing on urban food.
The CRFC includes all manner of cooperatives, food sheds, clusters and food hubs operating in our geographic zone. These initiatives are a crucial part of the local food system, supporting all aspects of the food chain from the grower through to the consumer. They promote entrepreneurship, create local jobs, boost the economy, encourage investment, fight waste, support sustainability and provide food security.
Using profound data and research we will prove the value of, and deliver, better food to our community. The benefits will be seen in ; lower emissions; better nutrition and liveability; cheaper grocery prices; regenerative practice; more diverse employment opportunities; tourism, exports and helping addressing social disadvantage. This is our agenda!