Welcome to the official website of the research project, ‘The rise of ethical consumption in Australia: from the margins to the mainstream’.

This project is funded for three years (2013-15) under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project scheme, and is based at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. (more…)

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Tastes like moral superiority

Food choice has become a moral morass as consumers are bombarded with confusing messages about what makes food “good” or “bad” and what they should or shouldn’t buy, writes Adelaide University professor Rachel A Ankeny. Source: InDaily

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Inside the world’s biggest cloning factory in China

Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it is due to go into production within the next seven months and aims for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020. Source: News.com.au

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Medical tourism needs rules

Medical tourism is not only bringing ethical questions home with returning patients, but also higher costs to fix botched procedures or antibiotic resistant infections. Source: The Vancouver Sun

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The eco guide to bottled water

Eco-friendly bottled water sounds like an oxymoron. But this cautionary tale suggests that sometimes it’s most pragmatic to find the most ethical bottled H2O. Source: The Guardian

Tania Lewis will be a keynote speaker at Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream in 2016

Associate Professor Tania Lewis will be one of the keynote speakers at the Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream conference to be held at the University of Tasmania from Thursday 30 June – Friday 1 July 2016.

The conference will examine how critiques of global, industrialised food systems have proliferated in recent years, while food practices previously considered ‘alternative’ or ‘marginal’ now increasingly enjoy mainstream visibility.

In the global North, concerns once limited to social and political movements motivated by animal rights, anti-corporate, health and environmental agendas appear on primetime television cooking shows, in the pages of best-selling non-fiction exposés, in produce-driven and provenance-focused restaurant menus, in the growing farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture movements, and in the labelling and advertising strategies of major food manufacturers.

Elsewhere in the world, grassroots movements for food security, food sovereignty, seed and wage rights are gaining prominence in local, national and global contexts.

What are the implications of this ‘mainstreaming’ of food politics? Does it make ethical, sustainable food accessible to more people? Does it signal changes to global food systems? Or does it simply offer new opportunities for marketing ‘spin’ and corporate greenwashing? What does the mainstreaming of food politics mean for grassroots alternative food movements? Where does food politics go from here?

Associate Professor Tania Lewis will also host a masterclass on Wednesday 29 June 2016, with details to follow.