Two very popular – and seemingly contradictory – food trends are gripping Australia at the same time. Ultra healthy and extravagantly indulgent eateries are actually fulfilling the same elite-driven desire for food that's creative, hand-made and rare.
How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate?
We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
Non-Indigenous Australians have been ignoring native food options for hundreds of years.
Australians will happily eat boat noodle soup with beef blood stirred through it or stinking tofu – but not quandongs or akudjura. Yet overcoming 'food racism' and eating native produce could be a powerful act of culinary reconciliation.
Food is being deconstructed, politicised, scrutinised and replaced altogether.
When did food become such a big deal to academics, politicians and pop culture alike? From paleo evangelicals to taxes on sugar, everyone's got an opinion about what's on your fork.
We should consider the effects of not just what we feed children ... but how.
If these fish were released from farms, they might be hard of hearing.
Farmed fish have a high rate of a deformity that hampers their hearing, and this can be a problem if they're released into the wild.
In a sense, aren’t they one and the same?
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When you think about it, it's a bit strange to view food through a lens of "meat" and "not meat" – especially when plants consume animals, and vice versa.
Food was a powerful, and ever-present theme of the first world war.
Ward 43, Frank Ward, 1943. © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 6600)
From crossing cultural barriers with a cake, to starvation used as a brutal tool of war, Australian soldiers' letters and diaries reveal an urgently important relationship with what they ate.
Food parcel handouts have topped 1m in the UK.
Food banks feed more than just society's vulnerable members.
How microbes are the key ingredients when it comes to concocting a gourmet menu.
Farming land in New South Wales.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
A diet like this isn’t particularly good for your waistline – or the planet.
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Climate change will make it harder to eat healthily.
Dogs rescued from an Asian farm.
Eating cats and dogs which have been violently dispatched remains a key element of South Korean cuisine.
Eating more frozen food could help us reduce waste, beat the obesity epidemic and have more money in our pockets – what's not to like.
Rice cultivation is one of the ways food production pumps methane into the atmosphere.
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Fossil fuel emissions are slowing, but another major climate problem is becoming clear: food production.
Can we learn to feed the multitudes?
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About one in seven Americans report going hungry at some point during the year, a fact apparently far from the minds of the presidential candidates.
Scientists have discovered a type of sugar that could actually protect the liver.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables.
Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.