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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:

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Event: Tania Lewis Masterclass

The dinner table has become a site of spectacle and speculation in recent years. What we put on our plates is no longer purely a matter of private, everyday domesticity. Food is now a space of aesthetic, ethical and public scrutiny.

This masterclass is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. Visit the New Food Politics site for more information.

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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.

Paula Arcari presents a paper at Minding Animals Conference in New Delhi, India

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.


Bringing the Chickens Home to Roost: The Mainstreaming of Ethical Consumption

On Wednesday 10 December 2014 Associate Professor Tania Lewis gave a free public lecture at the University of Tasmania titled ‘Bringing the Chickens Home to Roost: The Mainstreaming of Ethical Consumption’.

The rise of ethical or socially responsible consumption is an issue of major social significance, emerging as it does out of a broader range of concerns about the ongoing economic and environmental sustainability of unfettered consumer capitalism.

Variously referred to as ‘affirmative purchasing’ or ‘conscience consumption’, ethical consumption is an umbrella term that covers a range of consumer practices and concerns from animal welfare, labor standards and human rights to questions of health and wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

Read the flyer (1.9MB PDF) for more information.