agriculture

Please enjoy these articles with the tag agriculture I prepared earlier...

not all milk is created equal...

(october 2010) Pictures of happy herds on rolling lush pastures featured on product labels may not always be the case... Imagine if the milk you drank was purchased at marginal prices from dairy farmers far and wide. The cows were in "full housing" and not free to access real pasture...

grass fed red angus ribs

(november 2010) Animal Welfare League South Australia took over the Kitchen Door at Penny's Hill Winery for an event in November 2010. I got to share the menu for the night with resident Chef Ben Sommariva, to knock out a five course menu of shared plates. These guys really get...

no garden? get sprouting

(january 2011) I am a sprouter, there is always something in a hemp bag hanging in my kitchen, and if it sprouts I will eat it! (Believe me I have tried to sprout the maddest things). My all time favorite sprout is lentils; they have a great earthy flavour and...

lamb with a conscience

(september 2011) There are a growing number of lamb producers who have built a production process around the welfare of their flock. This is one of the happier food industry scenarios whereby the product not only tastes better but these farmers can command a better price for their toil and...

stepping on eggshells...free range eggs

(september 2011) If you are buying free range eggs there are a few things to consider. You may be surprised to learn Australia does not have a national enforceable independent certification system that applies to the whole industry like the EU has. This is truly a case of "buyers beware"...

this little piggy

(september 2011) Okay, this picture of the crispy pig belly looks nice enough but could you eat it while thinking about images of sow stalls, farrowing crates, pigs crammed in sheds? Thankfully the decision by Australian Pork Limited last year to phase out sow stalls voluntarily by 2017 should improve...

where the good stuff grows

(march 2012) I am a mad keen vegie gardener and can vouch that homegrown tastes better, organic home grown better still. There are a few challenges to get a good vegie patch going, the right soil, watering regime, companion planting knowledge, correct planting times and places, harvest timing, maintenance and...

chicken(ing) out

(june 2012) I like chickens; they're intelligent, curious creatures with a way of going about their day to day business that just makes me smile. It's hard to be sad when you see a happy chicken. Unfortunately 90% of Australia's meat birds are produced under "conventional methods" which is a...

cows on grass

(august 2012) Grain fed beef is one of the most successful marketing stories in the food industry. There is simply not enough space in this article to begin a dissertation on how this happened so put a few keywords in google and get reading; (cheap US corn prices, faster growing...

going native

(september 2012) There is a little strip of soil in my driveway that I couldn't be bothered with when I started planting fruit and vegetables at home. The soil has never been "improved", it rarely gets watered and it gets absolutely hammered with northern sun, yet it is one of...

to roo, or not to roo, that is the question...

(november 2012) There are many shades of grey when looking at ethical food production. In many cases when it comes to best practice ethical producers and animal advocates seem to be on the same page, but not when it comes to the issue of kangaroo meat. If I put my...

flour power

(september 2013) The recent, almost epidemic, amount of dietary gluten related intolerances and allergies may have at first led to a blanket avoidance of wheat products for many, but a secondary effect has been to raise awareness that all flour is not created equally. I’m not touching the coeliac issue...