Right To Food Coalition

Right To Food Coalition

Healthy Food is a Human Right

We believe at Harvest Hub that this is so important we wish to share this information with you.

It might seem strange that we talk about ‘food security’ and ‘The Human right to Healthy Food’ in Australia but with climate change and lagging government policy, with industrialisation of our food system, with corporate control of our food supply increasing????? …. read on.

As a Social Enterprise the Harvest Hub community aim to assist others within our own communities. So re-gaining control of our food supply system is important.

  • Knowing where our food comes from,
  • who grew it,
  • that we are supporting local growers and keeping their hard earned $ within their communities,
  • that the neighbours who have moments of distress in our own community are all being assisted (we can’t assume they are),
  • that more people are given the opportunity of going back to the basics and learning to eat ‘real food’ rather than processed foods –

Phew! It seems this list can be endless so we will stop there.

So please read on as there is invaluable information here.

1.2 million Australians don’t have access to healthy food

The Right to Food Coalition has launched to assist the 1.2 million people living in Australia who struggle every day to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

Please join us to make a difference and have your say. See the facebook page Like and Share. The Right to Food Coalition

The consequences of food insecurity are far-reaching and long-lived. People experiencing food insecurity suffer poorer health, including cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Families feel the impact through hunger, stress and anxiety and this can lead to social isolation in our communities. The impacts on children’s learning at school are significant and unfair.

Rising levels of inequality and the use of casual employment contracts are placing more and more Australian families at risk of food insecurity. When faced with financial restraints food quality suffers. Food is the ‘elastic’ item in the household budget, you can cut back on food whereas other budget items are fixed. Welfare agencies in Australia are reporting households making decisions about whether to spend on power or food. This has long term consequences for health and in the here and now, it is demeaning for people to have to skimp on food for their families – in a society where food is abundant.

A coalition of organisations, practitioners, researchers and community workers, we aim to ensure equitable access to nutritious food for everyone living in Australia.

Australia currently has no mechanism for ensuring the human right to adequate food for all Australians.  This country has no national food and nutrition policy to protect food security.

“We are failing our moral and legal obligations to respect the fundamental and inalienable human right to adequate food for many of our citizens,” said Liza Barbour, a founding member.

There are opportunities for governments at all levels to protect and fulfil this obligation. Most importantly, Australian governments urgently need to develop a comprehensive National Food and Nutrition Strategy that tackles food insecurity and demands the food industry plays a more responsible role.

Australia is a signatory to the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. All Australian governments are legally bound to ensure the full enjoyment of the universal human rights it delineates, including the right to adequate food,” said Ms Barbour.

The Right to Food Coalition sheds light on the challenges many Australians face to physically access enough food. In Australia, where a person lives dictates food affordability, with food costing 60-70% more in some areas (Article).

Poverty causes and entrenches food insecurity. Social and economic policies must ensure an adequate income for all Australians.


“An inadequate income coupled with high food prices means families risk of running out of food and certainly cannot afford a healthy diet.  Strong social policies are needed to protect health,” said Curtin University’s Dr Christina Pollard (Book chapter).

“Welfare, housing, economic and health policy needs to protect those Australians most vulnerable to food insecurity. Policy reform needs to be joined up to ensure fundamental human rights are protected,” said Dr Pollard.

The Right to Food Coalition also challenges the food industry to enact its corporate social responsibility to promote health.

“Some low income suburbs have up to two and a half times the exposure to fast food outlets and limited access to healthy foods, this has obvious negative implications for health and wellbeing,”  said Dr Rebecca Lindberg, Convenor of the Victorian Chapter of the Right to Food Coalition.

In late 2014, community food security practitioners from across Australia gathered at the inaugural Putting Food on the Table conference

Launching this week, the Right to Food Coalition has released two position statements that define some of Australia’s complex food system issues and more importantly, outline out a range of viable opportunities to achieve equitable access to food by working locally and nationally.


Call to action:

Attend the events in Sydney and Melbourne this week. Details at   www.righttofood.org.au

Sign up as an individual or organisation to the Right To Food Coalition.

To join the discussion, use the hashtag  #righttofood and follow @right_to_food and @WePublicHealth from April 11-24th


Want more?

Read about how we can work together to address the failures of Australia’s food system to achieve equitable access to food – a basic human right

‘The Human Right to Food’

‘The right to eat well, no matter where you live’

righttofood.org.au @right_to_food (also tweeting from @WePublicHealth from April 11-24th) #righttofood

For nationwide enquiries: righttofoodcoalition@gmail.com or

For state specific enquiries please email the local chapter on one of the following:

nsw@righttofood.org.au                                                        southaustralia@righttofood.org.au

tasmania@righttofood.org.au                                                               wa@righttofood.org.au


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    On saturday night, Markus Frind, The founder and chief executive of Plenty of Fish took to his personal blog to write a story about how the popular online dating Website suffered a serious security breach at the hands of a hacker on Jan. 18.

    He went on to describe how he was approached by someone that he described as a hacker who allegedly tapped into the Plenty of Fish database and downloaded the emails, User names and passwords of countless users.

    The man he alleges hacked into the a great deal of Fish Website is 23 year old Chris Russo of Argentina.

    in order to Mr. Frind, mr. Russo co ordinated a sophisticated two day attack on Plenty of Fish servers to try to gain access to user data, Which he allegedly then used in an to try and extort money from the site owners.

    When contacted by the cash Post, mister. Frind said the site technicians were able shut down the security vulnerability within 60 seconds of numerous benefits of it, And that the feedback from about 345 accounts were accessed.

    on the flip side, In an email to the economic Post, mr. Russo said that at no time did he test and extort money from Mr. Frind. instead, He reached Mr. Frind on january. 21 to inform him of the vulnerability in the Plenty of Fish Website. This susceptability was under active exploitation by hackers. My team to be able to notify about this circunstances [sic] so that you Mr. Markus Frind, The head honcho and CEO of PlentyOfFish Inc. at the earliest opportunity in order to stop any potential damage wich [sic] happens to be done, By the explotation of this vulnerability,mister. Russo asserted that he contacted Mr. Frind wife Plenty of Fish employee [url=https://www.bitchute.com/channel/moldovawomen/]moldova marriage[/url] Annie Kanciar and that the weeknesses was fixed. He claims Plenty Of Fish thanked him and remained in contact with him and that they were in hiring us as security professionals in order to make an analysis of the plataform [sic]. The account Mr. Russo emailed to the capital Post, states that Mr. Frind uttered several threats towards him on top of threatening legal action.

    In an email to the economical Post, mister. Frind vehemently denied the claims.

    thus far, It appears neither side has filed the accusations in court, Adding to the hardship of the allegations.

    In mister. Frind original blog post, He also scenarios that Mr. Russo told him that he hacked into several other dating Website and gave him the admin password for another famous dating company that he refused to name.

    In an email to the financial Post, mister.

    We contacted eHarmony to understand if the site was indeed compromised. In an email to the financing Post, paul Breton, EHarmony director of corporate advertising, Told us that no eHarmony user data was sacrificed.

    We became aware of this case with Plenty of Fish, We checked our systems and confirmed that no eHarmony user data has been compromised, He said in an email.

    Uses robust surveillance measures, Including password hashing and data layer, To protect our members info. Krebs, A former reporter for the wa Post who now writes the blog “Krebs on essential safety” declared that Mr. Russo neared him on Jan. 19 about potential weaknesses in Plenty of Fish architecture.

    In a text, He said he called Mr. Frind to inform him of the protection breach, But he in no way heard back.

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