Anne-Marie Szabo was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. A sociology degree with a focus on Aboriginal studies sparked her interest in exploring different cultures around the world, leading to ten years living in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East where she was exposed to many different foods, fascinating cultures and forms of agriculture. This, along with her permaculture training led to a strong interest in biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, the political economy of food systems and sustainable agriculture. Deciding to leave the corporate world and focus on her true interests, Anne-Marie most recently completed a Master’s degree with distinction in The Anthropology of Food at SOAS University in London.
By Anne-Marie Szabo, Sustainable Food Trust
There is growing recognition of the value of Australia’s native produce and a need to capture what knowledge there still is of Indigenous land management practices and the cultivation and preparation of many of these foods, before it disappears entirely.