Organic Food Community

The Organic Food Community: a ‘Community of Interest’

Maybe you are health-conscious and want to eat clean, healthy food – maybe you are a keen organic grower and committed food campaigner; either way, you are part of the same broader organic food community. If you are passionate about wholesome, organic or biodynamic food, seed-saving, food sovereignty, fighting back against the pesticide industry and their media lobbyists, or any number of related food issues then you are part of a wide ‘community of interest‘ – a group of people with a common passion for food issues. This community of Interest includes:

  • organic, biodynamic, wholesome and small-scale/grass-roots food producers;
  • local/sustainable economy champions – especially those interested in the Transition Town movement;
  • seed-savers/swappers, (natural) vegetable breeders and growers/protectors of heirloom crop varieties – all of whom take an interest in open-pollinated seeds;
  • anti-GMO and anti-pesticide campaigners and activists;
  • ‘foodies’ and gourmands who value taste and nutrition – especially fans of the Slow Food movement (the antidote to fast-food junk!);
  • food sovereignty and peasant-justice campaigners and activists;
  • wildlife/environment enthusiasts, protectors and campaigners;
  • people interested in Permaculture;
  • and perhaps most importantly, organic food consumers – those who understand how the industrial food system is contributing to human disease and a host of other problems, and who take a stand by buying/eating organic (and similar) food whenever possible – voting with your wallet (and encouraging others to do so) is one of the most effective things you can do in a predominantly consumer culture!

There are a lot of people and organisations out there making a stand about these things (although maybe not always in a ‘joined-up’ way!). Links to a selection of these organisations can be found on the slide-show below, with a more comprehensive list of country-specific links found towards the bottom of this page.

It is arguably time that this ‘community of interest’ pulled together in a more conscious way – by actively cross-promoting the wider organic food community, and the many and varied projects and groups working for the greater good! ‘Cross-pollination’ of ideas and understanding between these groups, which each have a different focus, can encourage a wider, deeper understanding of the food system (and related social issues). This wider understanding is a precursor to wider change for the better in the food system.

Promoting Other Food-Issue & Related Organisations

Right from the start LoopyFood.net has been committed to promoting other groups and organisations that are standing up for healthy, high-quality food and addressing important food (and related social justice) issues. The logic is this: people will find this website when they look for organic food – we will use the opportunity of these visits to introduce them to projects, movements and groups that they might not otherwise have come across, but which they will probably be interested in. If such cross-promotion were the norm then all these groups (including LoopyFood.net!) would benefit from greater exposure. This support offered by LoopyFood.net is not often reciprocated, unfortunately. Perhaps it is ‘human nature’ to operate in such a focussed way, maybe it is just that people are ‘too busy’ to step back, see the big picture, and spend some time promoting those with similar aims. It also possible that some conscious ‘guarding of territory’ is going on. The sad thing is, there is no need for ‘big food‘ (massive ‘junk-food’ producers and giant retail chains), and ‘corporate agri-pharma‘ (chemical manufacturers and sponsors of synthetic/low-nutrient farming) to divide and rule their opposition – we are not collaborating closely enough anyway! What will it take to change this situation? The ‘small-is-beautiful’ (and, dare I say it, anarchic – in the best possible sense!) mindset prevalent in much of the grassroots parts of this community of interest perhaps makes the formation of a ‘grand-coalition’ unlikely. But that does not mean that various groups cannot support each other and the ‘grander vision’ by taking their own steps to promote positive change that others might be working on. Here is what LoopyFood.net is doing to promote the organic food community …

FREE Listings in the LoopyFood.net Organic Food Directory

ALL organic food enterprises get a FREE directory listing at LoopyFood.net. Organic food Producers get a free FULL listing (with photo, enhanced descriptions, website/social media links, and the ability to add a wealth of information about their products and availability). For other organic enterprises such as accommodation, ‘eateries and drinkeries’, stores and other retailers, distributors and wholesalers etc, the free listing is basic, but an up-graded full listing (with photos, enhanced descriptions, links etc.) is very inexpensive (pitched as low as possible, with the aim of making it financially painless for a business to help support LoopyFood.net – good luck finding anything of comparable value elsewhere! – see the listings package page for full details.

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The Directory of Groups

Whether it’s a local Transition Group, an organic gardening group (or Community Garden), a seed-saving group, or any other type of group with LoopyFood-related aims, you can get yourself put on the map with a free listing in the directory of groups – another way to join the organic food community.

Organic Food Resources to Share

LoopyFood.net has put together free-to-use/adapt resources to support organic food enterprises – take a look and see if they are of interest/use to you!

Social Networking

Even those with Luddite sensibilities are recognising that social networking technology can be very useful in spreading the word about good causes and progressive projects – LoopyFood.net is no exception. Please join and promote the LoopyFood Facebook community, and promote/share it within your networks.

Campaigns and Campaigning

At any one time there are a great many campaigns being run by people and organisations concerned with food-related issues. LoopyFood.net is happy to publicise these actions by the broader community – see the Campaigns pages.

(Loopy)Food Champions

As well as promoting other organisations on the website, LoopyFood.net is keen to encourage LoopyFood Champions. These are people who naturally move between, and operate across, different groups in, and related to, the organic food community (see above). These are people who take an interest in the main food issues of importance today: ‘Localness’ (of production and supply), Organic production, Open-Pollination of food crops (and protection of bees and other pollinators) and Yuminess of food (the LOOPY food values).

Rather like industrious bees, LoopyFood Champions flit from group to group, cross-pollinating those groups by spreading the news about related initiatives and areas of knowledge – actively networking and encouraging co-operative and collaborative working. Maybe you recognise yourself in this – or maybe you recognise this as something worthwhile. Become a LoopyFood Champion by cross-pollinating: if you work on an organic farm stall, maybe display a poster about Slow Food or Permaculture. If you are part of an allotment or gardening group then be sure to encourage others to discover the benefits of open-pollinated seeds and tasty heirloom vegetable varieties. If you are a member of a wildlife/nature conservation group then encourage your peers to order an organic veg-box from a local producer – to double their impact. If you recognise yourself as a LoopyFood Champion, then write a little piece about your work and it can be published on LoopyFood.net as a Guest Blog!

Supporting Each Other: Say NO to ‘Turf Wars’!

LoopyFood.net is happy to promote the Open Food Network as well as the Soil Association, Biodynamic AssociationWholesome Food Association, Organic Trade Board, Organic Consumers Association and others – we even have a directory of food maps where other organic and local food maps/websites can be posted! Although recognising that many of these organizations are competing for business in the same marketplace, LoopyFood.net says ‘NO’ to turf-wars, and will actively promote all organic food enterprises – for FREE – regardless of who certifies them. It will also promote other players in the community of interest identified above – regardless of whether they return the favour. Having said that, it would be great if more organizations did return the favour and support/promote LoopyFood.net as part of committing to the broader vision!

How Can You Help LoopyFood.net Support the Organic Food Community?

In broad terms, the best support we as organisations can offer each other is to promote one another’s projects, aims, areas of interest and expertise – and websites! How can you as an individual support and be an active part of this community of interest? Above all, be a ‘cross-pollinator’: seek out people and groups who have a slightly different angle on the things that interest and concern you; explore, learn and share understanding. Why not make a start today, by clicking on a few of the links set out below – you may find a new direction for your energies! If you really want to be active in helping LoopyFood.net in its mission here is something that I prepared earlier.

Please copy and place the LoopyFood.net logo somewhere
on your blog/website, with a link to: https://loopyfood.net

LoopyFood.net Organic Food Directory

 

Food Community Links

(this section is a work in progress – please use the contact form at
the bottom of this page to suggest links to be added to this section!)

The first section below lists links to Organic Food Community (and related) organisations and networks that operate across many countries. These are followed by links arranged by country. The country lists do not include links to country branches of International organizations and networks (unless they have a distinctively different local presence) – so look in the International section first to see if they have a presence in your country (maybe google the name of the organization and your country if you cannot easily see a link to your country on the international website). Looking in the international section first will also give you a good idea of the popular global movements, networks and organisations.

Get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of this page if you would like to suggest an organisation to add to the following list of links.

International Food Community Links

These organizations cover many countries – go to the website and search for your country (or google the name and your country):

Food Assemblies

La Via Campesina (International Peasants Movement)

Open Food Network

Pesticide Action Network

Slow Food

Transition Network

WWOOF

UK Organic Food Community Links

Remember to look at the list of international organizations, networks and movements above, and to check if they have a presence in your country!

Certification and Promotion of Organic and Similar Foods

Biodynamic Association

Organic Farmers and Growers

Soil Association

Wholesome Food Association

Seed-Saving, Swapping and Veg Breeding – Heritage & Heirloom Seeds

Heritage Seed Library

Millenium Seed Bank

Open-Pollinated Seed

Seed Co-operative

Agroecology, Permaculture and Sustainable Food Production

Agroforestry Research Trust

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Landworkers’ Alliance

Permaculture Association

Campaigning Groups

Frack-Free Food (Sussex)

Genewatch UK

GM Freeze

USA Organic Food Community Links

Remember to look at the list of international organizations, networks and movements above, and to check if they have a presence in your country!

Certification and Promotion of Organic and Similar Foods

Organic Consumers Association

Food Localisation, Links and Marketing

 

Seed-Saving, Swapping and Veg Breeding – Heritage & Heirloom Seeds

 

Agroecology, Permaculture and Sustainable Food Production

Permaculture Institute

Permies

Campaigning Groups

Australia Organic Food Community Links

Remember to look at the list of international organizations, networks and movements above, and to check if they have a presence in your country!

Certification and Promotion of Organic and Similar Foods

 

Food Localisation, Links and Marketing

 

Seed-Saving, Swapping and Veg Breeding – Heritage & Heirloom Seeds

 

Agroecology, Permaculture and Sustainable Food Production

Permaculture Research Institute

 

Campaigning Groups

Canada Organic Food Community Links

Remember to look at the list of international organizations, networks and movements above, and to check if they have a presence in your country!

Certification and Promotion of Organic and Similar Foods

 

Food Localisation, Links and Marketing

 

Seed-Saving, Swapping and Veg Breeding – Heritage & Heirloom Seed

 

Agroecology, Permaculture and Sustainable Food Production

 

Campaigning Groups

 

New Zealand Organic Food Community Links

Remember to look at the list of international organizations, networks and movements above, and to check if they have a presence in your country!

Certification and Promotion of Organic and Similar Foods

 

Food Localisation, Links and Marketing

 

Seed-Saving, Swapping and Veg Breeding – Heritage & Heirloom Seeds

 

Agroecology, Permaculture and Sustainable Food Production

 

Campaigning Groups

 

Suggest a Link to Add to the List

Do get in touch if you would like to suggest an organisation to link to in the above list!