Hashtags are a great way to follow specific areas of interest on Twitter, so here's our run down of hashtags we follow to keep up on the amazing work going on around the world in the local & organic food movement. Set up a couple of feeds in tweetdeck / hootsuite, and watch the good news roll in!
We've also been curating a list of people who talk & work on creating a people & planet friendly food system for you to follow.
General Farming & Agriculture:
#agriculture / #farming - very general catch all for Agriculture / Farming tweets
#food - general catch all for all things food
#agchat / #foodchat - hosted by AgChat.org ("The AgChat Foundation is designed to help those who produce food, fuel, fiber and feed tell agriculture’s story from their point of view.") - disclaimer: AgChat is sponsored by several corporate & Government interests, but there's some interesting discussions on both sides of the fence.
#AgChatOz - spurned off the back of the success of the above - this is the space for Australian Farmers & Ag professionals to connect around their home country's specific challenges and opportunities.
#AgriChatUK - likewise the need for connection and chatter in the UK farming community brought about this hashtag, you can read the full story here.
#AgGen - young farmers and the future of farming is discussed in this growing community. Started in the UK.
#AgChatNZ - Kiwi's don't like to miss out, so they spun out this hashtag to talk New Zealand farming. Largely facilitated by the Federated Farmers organisation, which is fairly conservative in their tastes, so tends to be fairly 'conventional agriculture' based. That said, there's interesting work with Biological Farming in NZ, and we're pushing hard for more Sustainable Ag content in the community too.
#goodfood - often used by daily tweeters to simply chat about their tasty dinners, but there's quite a bit of use in relation to people & planet friendly food.
#foodbloggers - find & chat with people who blog about Food, there's even an International Food Blogger conference organised by Foodista!
#SustainableAg / #SustAg - keep in touch with the Sustainable Agriculture discussion on these hashtags.
#Agroecology - keep an eye on this hashtag, as whilst it's not highly used at the moment, it's an emerging trend toward Regenerative Agriculture, with a focus on renewing the health of our soils. Agroecology was identified by the UN Special Rapporteur for Food Security, as a key component in sustainable development, and got a fair bit of press at Rio+20.
#FoodSystem - a hashtag we believe will slowly rise in use, as the local food movement grows, and we understand that we live in a dynamic global food system.
#profood - recently on the rise, focused on all things organic, local & ethical in the food system!
#localfood - complete with RT bot, the local food hashtag is growing in its use and conversations are often found around it.
#eatlocal - another prolifically used local food hashtag, well worth following!
#locavore - for the 'ultra local' fans amongst us, locavore is a term used mostly in Australia & US.
#realfood - people seeking to differentiate from industrialised agriculture can often be found on this hashtag.
#SlowFood - keep up with the Slow Food movement.
#SlowMoney - a movement which grew out of Slow Food, which seeks to raise capital for innovative Food Enterprises which seek to create a better food system.
#Foodies - a term applied to people who follow 'good food' practices.
#UrbanAg - check out the discussions on urban agriculture
#TEDxMan - explodes in use during each TEDxManhattan, the 2012 event was themed "Changing The Way We Eat" - report here.
Local Food Initiatives & Enterprises - the shorthand
#VegeBox / #VegBox - tweets about Vegetable Box Delivery Schemes.
#CSA - discussion & broadcasts about Community Supported Agriculture.
#FoodHub - find out more about the emergence of Food Hubs around the world on the FoodHub hashtag
If you need a run down on Local Food jargon - check out our guide here.
Organic & Permaculture
#permaculture - a big community and movement behind the permaculture principles of agriculture, find out much more on this hashtag.
#organic - the organic movement is growing exponentially year on year, follow its progress here
#biodynamic - an organic method of farming which considers holistic symbiosis of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. A little traffic from a defined community, much like permaculture.
Health & Education
#FoodRevolution / #FoodRev - @JamieOliver created the Food Revolution movement in USA, and the thriving community which use this hashtag also have tools available to co-ordinate through the Food Revolution website. 2012 went down with 1000's of tweets from around the world - check out our Food Revolution Day photos here.
#FoodDay - a 2011 day launched in USA to bring conversation about healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, to the masses
#FoodSummit - Conferences around the world have been using this hashtag, but we joined all the forward-thinkers at the Sustainable Food Summit in Australia.
Focused on the 1 billion who go to bed hungry
#poverty - used by a diverse group of people, mainly those interested in sustainable food production, development, activists, social enterprises
#changedinner - seeking to address the food distribution problem, @30project launched ChangeDinner campaign in late 2011
Intersection of Food & Technology
#foodtech - a thriving community is also growing around the Food+Technology Connect crew who are specifically interested in how technology can change our food system for the better. There are also great stories highlighted by the Seedstock team in regards to sustainable agriculture focusing on startups, entrepreneurship, technology, urban agriculture, news and research
#localfoodsoftware - popping up now & then as more software, like Bucky Box, becomes available.
In addition to the above, we sometimes use #socent when we're talking about the social enterprise foundation to our business - learn more about that here: Video - 'Tools for a better food system'.
Thanks for reading - please do let us know of any other hashtags we should include, or feel free to pop us on your own list, and we'd love to connect with you at @buckybox!