Image: Louise Feneley, The Committee for Global and Social warming, 2011. 13 x oil on linen.


Food can be nourishing, culturally enriching and delicious or tastily poisonous and destructive. It’s a currency that shapes our lives and societies. Who is ultimately bearing the costs of unsustainable and unethical food systems?

The following community-led organisations and projects are focused on transitioning current short-term-profits-obsessed and ecocidal food production systems into conscientious, collaborative and responsible models that are fair and beneficial for all.

Aboriginal Carbon Foundation – Working to support and empower Indigenous communities to participate in carbon farming and land management activities that mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Fareshare – works in highly collaborative models to reduce food waste and provide healthy meals for people who need them.

Farmers For Climate Action – a network of farmers actively engaging  their communities and their representatives with ‘climate-smart farming solutions’ and championing strong economy-wide climate policies to effectively mitigate climate change impacts while benefiting rural communities.

Food Tank – grounded in social justice, a one-stop-shop information hub promoting sustainable farming and food production systems.

OzHarvest – a leading ‘food rescue’ organisation on a mission to ‘Nourish our Country’ by stopping good food from going to waste and redistributing it to organisations that help feed people in need, while inspiring and educating people about food security and sustainability.

Second Bite – redistributing surplus fresh food to people in need to combat food insecurity and waste by connecting the contrasting issues, partnering with over 2,000 community organisations such as shelters, soup kitchens, and schools. They provide education and training on food waste reduction, healthy eating and sustainability.

Sustain – designs and builds sustainable and healthy food systems. Passionate about the environmental and social impacts of food production and consumption, and promotion of sustainable farming practices in Australia, Sustain provides plenty of resources and support, as well as opportunities to effectively engage in advocacy.