Category: Food & Health

Organic, Grass Fed and Hormone-Free: Does This Make Red Meat Any Healthier?

Organic, Grass Fed and Hormone-Free: Does This Make Red Meat Any Healthier?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Leah Dowling, Lecturer in Dietetics, Swinburne University of Technology and Louise Dunn, Swinburne University of Technology Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are linked to heart and brain health. But while...

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

In July 2016, UK’s giant supermarket chain Tesco announced the removal of at least 20 percent of John West tuna products from their stores. The reason? Unsustainable fishing. Immediately after the announcement, two more British supermarket chains, Waitrose and Sainsbury, also threatened to pull John West products off the shelves for the same reason. This...

The Night I Got High On (Sustainable) Hemp Seed

The Night I Got High On (Sustainable) Hemp Seed

Auckland, New Zealand: When I first met Cameron Sims, founder of Plant Culture, I was surrounded by ‘cool people’ with baggy pants and Nike shoes. I approached him because he was the only one with a cool linen-looking shirt; my type of person. Little did I know, he was the founder of a sustainability-focused hemp...

Sustainable Shopping: Save the World, One Chocolate at a Time

Sustainable Shopping: Save the World, One Chocolate at a Time

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Robert Edis, Soil Scientist, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Kanika Singh, Research Fellow, University of Sydney, and Richard Markham, Research Program Manager for Horticulture, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Cocoa is probably the most sustainable of all internationally traded commodities, so there are several “feelgood” reasons for...

Most Wines Contain Animal Derivatives. Here are 7 Wines That Are 100% Vegan

Most Wines Contain Animal Derivatives. Here are 7 Wines That Are 100% Vegan

Not all wines are vegan. This news comes as a shock to many as most people assume that wine is just made from grapes. In fact, during the winemaking process many wine producers and wineries will use animal-derived products as their “fining agents”. These are substances that help to separate, clarify and filter out all the...

On Veganism and Optimal Health: What If We Weren’t Designed to Be Vegans?

On Veganism and Optimal Health: What If We Weren’t Designed to Be Vegans?

Today, veganism is frequently proposed as a solution to the health and environmental challenges posed by meat-centric diets. As a personal trainer, I constantly ponder on whether or not the vegan diet is a “healthy” one. At the same time, I am genuinely interested in the connection between personal health and environmental sustainability. This has...

A Beginner’s Guide to Vertical Farming

A Beginner’s Guide to Vertical Farming

Also known as indoor farming, vertical farming has in recent years gained recognition as a solid method of sustainability. The system was born out of the challenges affecting the 21st century, specifically issues like food shortage, resource depletion, and overpopulation. Feeding the future: vertical farming Vertical farming is the practice of food production that takes...

Soulara – Australia’s Dedicated Vegan-Friendly Plant-Based Food Delivery Service

Soulara – Australia’s Dedicated Vegan-Friendly Plant-Based Food Delivery Service

A wholly plant-based vegan-friendly diet that consists of locally-grown produce is the most ‘sustainable’ way to eat. It has less environmental impact than a vegetarian diet even. But cooking nutritious vegan meals can be a hassle for busy people who’d prefer to be doing something other than planning what they’re going to eat each day. Cue:...

Farm-to-Fork: A Global Look at the Slow Food Revolution

Farm-to-Fork: A Global Look at the Slow Food Revolution

In recent years, the term farm-to-fork, also known as farm-to-table and farm-to-market have gained prominence. Rutgers University offers a definition of the concept, referring to it as a community food system in which there is an integration of the processes of food production, processing, distribution and consumption to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional...

France’s Vegan Awakening: The Whys and Hows of Its Cruelty-Free Food Revolution

France’s Vegan Awakening: The Whys and Hows of Its Cruelty-Free Food Revolution

Paris, France: Boeuf bourgignon, gratin dauphinois, cassoulet. These are a few of the most typical French dishes you can find in every brasserie on French territory. In addition to calling forth such national pride (French gastronomy was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list), and highly difficult to digest, they have another thing in common: these...