Oxfam's 'Grow' Food Power campaign at Bestival

  • 19 September 2012
  • POSTED BY Duncan

At Bestival this year you may have gone into the Oxfam Festival shop to buy your festival best, or asked a friendly Oxfam steward which way the Psychedelic Worm tent was, but those Oxfam people in pink t shirts? What were they all about?

The Oxfam Campaigns team jumped at the chance to come back to Bestival to talk to Bestival goers about their Food Power as part of their GROW food campaign. Food Power is the power we all have to make decisions about food to help make it fairer for all the people involved. We’re all part of the global system of food – so thinking about what we buy, where its grown, how much we pay for it and where it’s bought from can change the way food is done, and make it fairer for everyone involved across the world.

At Bestival this year we wanted to celebrate what’s already happening in the UK to make food fairer and ideas shone out as brightly as the sun did over the weekend – some of you wanted to share the importance of buying Fair Trade coffee, others gave us ace recipes for using up leftovers and reducing food waste, and some talked about supporting small scale farmers both here in the UK and across the world. The Wildlife fancy dress added a whole other dimension – from a group (herd/flock?) of zebras talking about the benefits of vegetarianism (not just to protect their own kind I’m sure), to a family of assorted wildlife asking why people hate wonky carrots.

So check out the photos on Facebook here and share those ideas you like best – so more people use their Food Power to make food a fairer thing globally.