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RECOMMENDATIONS
Farmers Markets
Community Gardens
Buying in season
There are a variety of recommendations to support a progressive approach to reducing the negative impacts of food transport and the impacts it has on long term sustainability.

Key recommendations are in-line with the World Health organisation as set out in the five key areas of the Ottawa Charter (Mclver. S Hakman. N, 2012).
Developing personal skills; by modifying personal behaviours such as only eating fruit and vegetables purchased in season, opposed to purchasing imported fresh foods all year round. Providing consumers with information about the food they are consuming in relation to its origin and its self-life at purchase point can enable people to make informed decisions, based on their own wants and needs, supporting informed decision making and developing personal skills associated with personal decision making and individual choices.

Creating supportive environments could include supporting farmers financially to establish farmers markets that are assessable at a reasonable price for greater numbers of consumers. Enhanced government support for farmers to expand their farming operations into a viable business where unemployed people were trained in retail, merchandising of products, and customer service. This method would align with the economic, sociocultural and physical aspects of supportive environments. Politically it illustrates a positive and genuine measure in dealing with the high unemployment levels.

Developing community gardens aligns with the third aspect of the Ottawa Charter in strengthening community action, this type of activity puts the community in a position of a conscious level of empowerment, to take steps within their own community to make a difference to the quality of their health and the choices they make. Community gardens provide an inclusive supportive environment where people can share ideas, knowledge, resources and produce. This type of activity builds social capital and can lead to stronger community networks, strengthening community action in a shared vision and shared values.

Growing vegetables in your own back yard, community or utilising, otherwise unproductive land to be turned into garden space can enhance the re-orientating of health through awareness and pleasure in the time spent being with nature and enjoying the rewards from the effort of the activity. There have been successful reports from low socio economic areas within the United States where communities have come together to re-claim un-kept and disused council land for vegetable garden space. Ron Finley from South Central LA has his own side walk garden idea on his own nature strip, the difference here is he is actually doing it not just talking about it.

Deakin University Library. Ron Finley. Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.

Ron Finley

Field to Fork - Episode 2 "Food miles" Food Transportation. "Food Miles Challenge" THE LOCAVORE'S DILEMMA.: EBSCOhost. Map.jpg (JPEG Image, 2400 × 1485 pixels) - Scaled (42%) Gardeners, locavores, hipsters, and residents: An alternative local food ma...: EBSCOhost. Local Food Movement A Mainstream Trend: EBSCOhost. Department of Agriculture Food Chain Resilience. Page Content The Australian Government Department of Agriculture works with industry and other government agencies to ensure the safety, security and continuity of Australia's food supply.

Department of Agriculture Food Chain Resilience

The food supply chain is a complex and nationally distributed system. It is not organised along state and territory borders and is generally owned and operated by the private sector. The complexity of the system may present challenges in maintaining food supply continuity in the case of widespread emergencies. States and territories have the lead responsibility for planning for and responding to emergency events within their jurisdictions. The concept of resilience planning by the Australian Government originally focused on how to protect Australia against the threat of an influenza pandemic and support the Australian community. Australian Farmers' Markets Association. The following Markets around Australia are recognised by AFMA because they are committed to the principles of the AFMA Charter and best practice operating standards.

Australian Farmers' Markets Association

Best practice farmers' markets are food markets where the stallholders are the farmers, their families or farm staff. Resellers are not permitted. The emphasis is placed on farm-direct and artisan-made food sales. Plants, seeds, flowers, worm farms, compost, fodder - and small livestock like poultry are also included, but craft items are typically excluded. These are the standards that the community expects to be upheld in genuine farmers' markets. WANT TO SELL IN A FARMERS' MARKET? STARTING A MARKET? Department of Agriculture Australian Farmers Markets Association. Submission from Australian Farmers’ Markets Association Creating Appetite for Farmers’ Markets in Australia Further information please contact: Jane Adams Australian Farmers’ Markets Association PH (02) 9360 9380 Email: jacom@bigpond.net.aufarmersmarkets.org.au Overview This submission is predicated on two basic facts: Food is fundamental to survival Existing food systems and food policies do not necessarily offer the mostsustainable options for feeding Australia’s citizens.

Department of Agriculture Australian Farmers Markets Association

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Community gardens & Farmers Markets

Nation.gif (GIF Image, 332 × 340 pixels) Sustainable & active transport: Sustainability in Healthcare - Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, Australia. Page content: Benefits of sustainable & active transport | Reducing transport-related environmental impacts | Encouraging cycle-friendly workplaces | Sustainable transport in Capital Works Transport choices impact our health and the health of our environment.

Sustainable & active transport: Sustainability in Healthcare - Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, Australia

In Australia it is estimated that in a single year, air pollution from motor vehicles causes between 900 and 2,000 early deaths and between 900 and 4,500 cases of bronchitis, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, costing between $1.5 and $3.8 billion. A recent ecological footprint pilot found that 11 per cent of the Victorian public health portfolio's environmental impact is linked to transport. The NHS in the UK undertook a similar study which showed that five per cent of all vehicle trips in England are related to NHS transport, which is responsible for 18 per cent of the NHS carbon footprint. The Rise of The Locavore.: EBSCOhost.