ABOUT OUR FOOD SYSTEM
Hey! I’m Kylie. A food systems advocate, food policy analyst and writer. I’m based in Brisbane, Australia. I help people take action towards building and supporting a sustainable, healthy and fair food system.
What you choose to eat is important. Not just for you and your family, but also because of the wider impact it has on your community and even the world. It’s hard to fathom that, but eating is ultimately a political act.
My purpose is to help you to better understand the politics behind our food systems locally, nationally and globally. Understanding how policies are created is important if we want to influence change. Food policies affect what we eat, when, where, how and with what consequences, and so they affect us all. I believe we can all play a part in advocating for healthier and more sustainable food policies, and here at Our Food System, I give you practical tools to enable you to do just that. Don’t be put off if you have no idea what any of that means. I’m here to help you make sense of it all.
I do this because I want to help transform the food system. It’s in serious trouble and we must act now if we want to put an end to the enormous damage the industrialised food system has had on our individuals and planet’s health. But I can’t do it on my own. I believe we need as many people as possible talking about these issues because when enough people make their voices heard, this has the power to create change (just look at the waste issue). We can do this through food advocacy and becoming more engaged in the political system.
Here at Our Food System, I’m going to help you to feel like you’re part of something bigger. The food movement is a growing force in Australia and we need as many people to get on board. Advocacy might not be your cup of tea and that’s okay. You’ll find lots of other useful information that will help you to feel more connected to your food and where it comes from, at a time when many of us feel completely disconnected.
For over 15 years I’ve had a career as a Public Health Nutritionist, having worked both here in Australia and abroad. More recently I completed a MSc in Food Policy in London, which is the only course of its kind in the world. I now look at food more broadly than just from a nutrition and health perspective, but also through an environmental, socio-economic, political and cultural lens. I also consider myself a food citizen because through my actions and this blog, I’m helping to shape the food system for the better and inspiring others to do the same.
A LITTLE ABOUT MY LIFE AND JOYS
I love exploring new places, seeing live music and laughing with my three boys.
Lots of colour makes me smile, so does a delicious dahl, a quality Chardonnay and my Bose headphones.
I prefer veggies over meat, swimming over running, nature over buildings.
And I can’t grow a tomato to save my life (yet!).
Examples of food advocacy and practical tips for how to get involved, as well as information on my journey as a food systems advocate and food citizen
Food policy information and examples in an easy to understand format
Conversations with food system change makers
Reflections on books I’ve read, events I’ve attended, and food system challenges