The supermarket duopolies dominate the Australian food landscape and the negatives associated with this kind of power are well documented. However, exciting new systems for accessing food are now emerging and we as consumers hold all the power in making this new ‘fair food’ economy a reality.
We’re bringing together Australia’s leading experts on Supermarket Power and food labelling to discuss:
- Why supermarkets ‘tilt’ the food system in favour of cheap food and unsustainable practices.
- How a lack of transparency in labelling has created uncertainty and vagueness that can be exploited to fool consumers and make a quick profit.
- When up to 80% of food in Australia is bought at the supermarket, what kind of disruptive models can tip the balance in the other direction?
Dr Carol Richards
Dr Carol Richards is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She specialises in food security, sustainable food systems, land investment and food Governance and has contributed to academic and public debate on topics such as food security, supermarkets, corporate governance, private standards, alternative food networks, urban agriculture and the acquisition of agricultural land in developing countries by corporate investors. Carol leads the Australasian Agrifood Research Network and serves the community as the Vice-President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Prof Christine Parker
Prof Christine Parker teaches and researches business regulation and lawyers ethics at Monash University. She is now focusing her work on the politics, ethics and regulation of the current food system. Her books include Explaining Compliance (2012), Inside Lawyers Ethics (2007) and The Open Corporation (2002).
Grown and Gathered
Matt and Lentil grow over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, on just over an acre of land. Apart from demonstrating just how much can be achieved in a small space, Matt and Lentil have created a closed loop farming system, and established the ‘flower exchange’ an alternative economy that accepts any currency other than cash in exchange for flowers.