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Do you think locally sourced food is being squeezed out of existence by international corporate brands? Does the current government’s reneging on the precautionary protection of our bees mean the further collapse of our natural pollination system? Are you troubled that multinationals will possibly soon be able to sue Governments if they further intervene to control the negative market impacts on all sorts of public services and food distribution systems?

All these concerns maybe floating on the ether of the internet, but on October 31st at the Park Street Community centre, they come to town, they come to ground at an all -day Harvest Gathering JUST FOOD event of debates, films, talks, lunch and teas, information stalls and fruit juicing for all from 11.00am until 3.30pm.

The event is free entry!

The people behind the Gloucester M5 locally sourced food Service Station are coming to show how, what is the equivalent of a small town population, can be serviced by locally sourced food within a 35 mile radius.

Bee-Friendly-Monmouthshire will spill the bee-ns on how far we have to really go to protect these natural pollinators, and people from ‘Global Justice Now’ both nationally and locally will offer food for thought on how close we are to having all our lives turned over by the TTIP agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

The crowds came in their thousands for the recent Abergavenny Food Festival, supposedly celebrating the best of locally sourced food.  But what truly is the town’s prospect for locally sourced food distribution initiatives?

The reality is Abergavenny still awaits Morrison’s Supermarket on the Cattle Market site; there is an application from international brand Prezzo in Frogmore Street. There is a further application for the biggest corporate brand of them all McDonalds, to place a Drive- Thru at Llanfoist. Whitbread, another global brand already has permission to install a Costa Drive-Thru and Brewers Fayre, also at Llanfoist.

So is there an alternative to this global corporately controlled hegemony where money and jobs can actually stay within the local economy and not be subject to the random decision of global-focussed shareholders who have no stake in our town?

Come to Park Street Community Centre on October 31st to find out.

Patrick Hannay

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