Food Show

I love food. I love growing it, I love cooking it and I love eating it, so it was with great enthusiasm that I popped off to the Auckland Food Show this weekend to help man the Green Party stall. It’s interesting that in a time of rocketing prices in almost all kinds of food, including staples abroad and even local produce here, the Greens are the only party that seem to be aware of, and responding to, what’s going on. Unsurprisingly then, we were the only political group at the Food Show, spreading our message of safe, affordable food to people who are as passionate about their kai as us!

I could only attend on the Friday, but it was a fantastic event from what I saw: huge kudos to Sue Kedgley and Lisa Er (Candidate for Mt Roskill) for getting us there and among the public. I found that people, whether they were just domestic foodies or the importers of Australian rice, were really willing to engage with us about our policy on food; having a chat about getting gardening skills back into primary schools, getting mandatory country of origin labeling for the food we import, and having a long hard look at the things we’re throwing into our food to replace the nutrients we seem hell bent on ripping out.

Special thanks to Atomic Coffee for providing good quality Fair Trade coffee at a very reasonable price – and for donating a third of the price of every cup sold to Oxfam. Kia ora!

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