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Tasmania’s Injustice: Foodless in the food bowl

Hidden behind Tasmania’s gourmet foodie image are some horrific contrasts. Recent studies report that 1 in 2 Tasmanians are food insecure, which means half our community struggles to source enough healthy food. 1 in 5 households are regularly skipping meals and going hungry, and this figure has nearly tripled since May 2021. Let that sink in. Tasmania exports 5.5 times more food than residents consume, yet many families struggle to put food on the table. While Tasmania produces world-class edibles, we are simultaneously producing some of Australia’s worst health outcomes. Despite these startling facts, only 10 percent of people in severe food stress are accessing emergency relief. Why is this? What would it take to put food on the table for all Tasmanians? Join the experts for this eye-opening talk and explore how we might create a more just and sustainable food system to feed all Tasmanians. Further reading suggested by our speakers: The current Tasmanian Government food security strategy and action plan. An example of the local-global

debate and the ‘new’ idea of food resilience A piece of research into the role of local government and food security in Tasmania Prevalence of food insecurity among Tasmanians 1. REPORT – Kent et al 2022 and 2. JOURNAL ARTICLE – Kent et al 2022 The new normal for food insecurity? A repeated cross-sectional survey over 1 year during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia – 3. REPORT – Kent et al 2021 Is high food insecurity the new normal in Tasmania? 4. JOURNAL ARTICLE – Kent et al 2020 Prevalence and Socio-Demographic Predictors of Food Insecurity in Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic 5. REPORT – Kent et al 2020. More Tasmanians started growing their own food during the COVID-19 pandemic. 6. REPORT – Kent et al 2020. One in four Tasmanians experienced food shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. 7. JOURNAL ARTICLE – Kent et al 2022 Severity of Food Insecurity among Australian University Students, Professional and Academic Staff 8. JOURNAL ARTICLE – Murray et al 2021 Prevalence of food insecurity and satisfaction with on-campus food choices among Australian university students