Healthy, vegan, local – these days, the LOHAS ideals seem virtually omnipresent. In the hip parts of the city, the news stands are full of health magazines, book stores flog organic cookbooks, and supermarkets advertise with vegan meat alternatives.
The definition of sustainability is the ability or capacity of something to be maintained or to sustain itself. When you think about it in those terms it’s pretty simple. You want to close the loop on as many things in your life as possible.
Founding Director of Fair Food Forager (FFF), Paul Hellier, has launched a web-based app that looks to change the way foodies find their grub.
The FFF app will provide a location-based service to help people find delicious food that supports environmental sustainability.
Fair Food Forager (FFF) is a new and exciting web-based app that makes it easier for you to find fairer food experiences - the FFF app will provide a location-based service to help people find delicious food that supports environmental sustainability.
We caught up with animal lover, fitness fanatic and environmentalist, Paul Hellier. Paul has been representing World Animal Protection as a Gold Charity Runner at the City2Surf for two years running.
When we grow up connected to the land, when we experience nature in our day-to-day life, we are more inclined to experience awe rather than fear when confronted with natures “otherness.” It is a perspective that we, as a species, need to encourage and embrace.
This is an exciting interview for us here at Fair Food Forager. I have read Jay’s book “Disrupt You” a few times now and it really does get me thinking every time. At his events he tells the audience “Are you living your life, or just paying bills until you die”? That really makes me think, how can each of us positively impact the world while loving what we do?
The app - available for free on iPhone and Android - lists hundreds of sustainable restaurants, cafes and grocery stores across Australia. You can search healthy, ethical and sustainable food options in your location and share new food discoveries with other users. Thanks to environmentally conscious users that have been busily searching and sharing their own fair food discoveries, the FFF app now lists about 400 sustainable food options Australia-wide. These include 300 businesses that are sourcing their produce locally, supporting local farmers and other local producers.
Fair Food Forager helps me to pick a business that aligns with my values. Their website and smartphone app, connects people like me, with the food business I want to spend my money with. When I am looking for somewhere to eat, I simply put in my post code and can browse the ethical food choices in my area.
Cutting-edge technology – from intelligent food labelling to mobile phone-controlled apps and even smart fridges – is set to transform the way consumers shop and control their domestic food waste.
The new Fair Food Forager app helps you choose cafes, grocery stores and restaurants based on their ethics and attitudes towards sustainability. Listed are businesses that compost their food waste, promote fair trade, avoid styrofoam and don’t use single use plastic packaging.
Who deserves your money?
For entrepreneur Paul Hellier it’s businesses that care and are trying to be more sustainable. That’s why he started a profit-for-purpose enterprise called Fair Food Forager. It’s a group focused on promoting sustainable and ethical businesses all around Australia and overseas.
An Illawarra social enterprise founded exactly one year ago by a former Wollongong council lifeguard has been recognised nationally at the Accelerate Social Innovation Startup Bootcamp Pitching Competition in Sydney. Fair Food Forager is an environmental profit for purpose enterprise that was started in October 2015 with a web based search engine.
It recently launched a free app for both Android and iPhone that enables businesses to promote, and consumers to source, ethical and sustainable food.
“Quite often food businesses are recognised for their food quality or their service but we think they should also be recognised for the effort that they put into being more ethical or sustainable," he said.
The primary reason why eating local is good for the planet is the reduction in energy resources required for transport and storage. Generally, the further a food has travelled from “paddock to plate”, the greater its impact on the environment. This is because of fuel used in transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions used for refrigerated storage
Eating locally-grown food is one way you can play a role in feeding more people in a rapidly changinhttp://www.sbs.com.au
The Fair Food Forager app allows you to search for food outlets that adhere to fair and sustainable practices. Creating consumer demand for more locally and sustainably produced food is being led not only by food champion Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, but also by our very own Australian Youth Food Movement, whose organisers are passionate about improving the food supply for future generations.
Global supply chains place great demands on ecosystems and natural resources, and large distances between where food is produced and consumed is often seen as evidence of an unsustainable food system. However, this is not always as straightforward as it appears.
Support food businesses that provide ethical food choices and contribute to a sustainable food system. Fair Food Forager, another Ecotourism Australia Business Member, is a platform through which consumers can find venues that offer ethical and responsible food choices. You can even submit a suggestion to them if you happen to stumble on a place that you believe participates in sustainable food practices.
“Through supporting local priorities via our ethical, sustainable and waste icons we can help educate the consumers and give them the information to make a valid choice, thinking about all aspects of their food system,” she said.
Think about the effects of food on our planet. Growing, transporting, packaging and often wasting it, collectively contributes a large amount to issues facing our planet. The system has evolved into an unsustainable mess that will not effectively feed growing populations.
Alas, do not fear. Release the weight from your shoulders. Break down the monumental task in front of you into small everyday choices, we can make this easy.
Here are a few ways to be a more conscious food shopper right away:
Generally, if it’s better for you it’s better for the planet. Fair Food Forager helps you find ethical and sustainable food online, and has listings all over the world with businesses trying, like you are, to reduce the impact of food on our beautiful planet. We do the research for you and make these choices easier, including where you purchase your food online.
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