URFA - Urban Regional Food Alliance
URFA is a process, which works towards a sustainable and manageable regional food system, managed by committed 'Teams of Four People' made up of urban consumers and retailers and regional farmers who live in and around a large city like Brisbane and harnesses the Social Power which exists in the Region’s Business Markets and Community Projects by applying this Social Power COOPERATIVELY rather than COMPETITIVELY.
Some Food Facts - where we are now!
Despite Australia's size, only 3% of our land is suitable for horticulture.
The number of farms in Australia decreased from 130,000 in 2000 to 85,000 in 2018, that's around a 40% decline.
On average the Australian farm produces enough food for 600 people. Unfortunately, 480 of them do not live in Australia.
The 'Just in Time' food system in a crisis (as is happening in the UK and France) would see supermarket shelves empty in 3 days, and our supermarket controlled food system works exactly the same, and as such we would have the same results in a crisis.
We cannot allow divisive, control freaks to 'look after' our food system like they 'look after' everything else. We must do it ourselves in the only practical way to ensure our food security is sustainable and manageable: on a regional basis.
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Shane and Jerry
Both Shane and Jerry are long time educators and learners. Jerry has been a committed activist over many years, while Shane likes to think of both of them as being 'social entrepreneurs'.