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…)
Eat organic food. Drive an electric car, not a gas-guzzler. Buy clothes made by fairly paid workers: Such calls have grown louder and more frequent in recent years. Source: Singapore Today
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
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
Trade associations, educational institutions, nonprofits, luxury groups and brands have all established programs aimed at making the industry more environmentally aware and respectful. Source: The New York Times
Items featuring recycled feathers have been on the market in Europe for a couple of years now, and the jump to the U.S. suggests the trend is gaining momentum. Source: Treehugger
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
Chocolate companies in the United States have taken social responsibility stances to combat child labor practices. Source: Shreveport Times
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
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.
Research Assistant and PhD candidate Paula Arcari presented a paper at the thirsd Minding Animals Conference in New Delhi, India in January 2015. The 7-day conference was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and covered a range of themes in animal studies including Animals and Culture, Women and Animals, Animal Law and Public Policy, and others. The full program with keynote speakers is available (205kb .pdf).
Titled ‘“[It] makes me feel happy to be eating it”: Capturing complexity in constructions and practices of ethical and sustainable meat’, the abstract for this paper was based on preliminary findings from her empirical research with producers and consumers of meat labelled and promoted as being ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’. The final paper focused on the theme of categories and boundaries – specifically the categories in which we place animals and the boundaries between them that help maintain normalized practices of meat consumption and the use of animals as food.