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Australia fires major salvos in bottled-water battle

Taptive audience: Residents of Bundanoon, a town of 2,500 about 100 miles south of Sydney, have voted to ban the sale of bottled water, possibly the first community in the world to do so. This "battle against the bottle" started years ago, when a beverage company announced plans to build a water extraction...

The Age, and the age of Ethicureanism

Updated Oct. 24: The Age has added a link to this website to the lede. Looks like "Ethicureanism" has joined Xerox, Kleenex, and other words whose meaning has become generic, sundered from their creators. In my RSS feeds I noticed that The Age, the newspaper for Melbourne, Australia, has an...

Digest – News: Bayer uncensured, another beef recall (yawn), fishy recommendations

We seem to have settled into a twice-weekly, midweek+weekend routine for the Digest. If you need to snack between our buffets, plenty of blogs now offer their own pithy links roundups to keep you informed, including this newish regular entry from Serious Eats, In the News (whose format may seem vaguely...

The quest for real food in Sydney

It looks as if someone has thrown an enormous bowl of black bean soup at the facade of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art and it's dripped into the shape of that iconic portrait of Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda in 1960. "Che (Sopa de Frijoles negros)" by Vik Muniz is the poster for an...

Jack Heinemann on the risks of GMO’s in Australia and New Zealand

The issues surrounding food production in Australia are so overwhelmingly large and urgent that it's hard to pause for a moment and think carefully, weighing the risks and rewards of actions that overlap between complex fields of study and competing interests. There are lists now of which Australian cities...

What the Australian supermarket takeover means

Wesfarmers has made a takeover bid for the Coles Group, which includes Australia’s second most successful supermarket chain, after Woolworths. This week the National Association of Retail Grocers in Australia, which represents independent grocery groups such as IGA and Foodworks, released a report...

Growing despair on Indian and Australian farms

Rich colors in the slums, Calcutta. Photograph by Foreign Devil Correspondent. I'm moving from Melbourne to Sydney in a couple of weeks. I'm planning to spend half the year in Darlinghurst, on the edge of Sydney's CBD, and some part of the rest of the year in Calcutta's Central Business District in the Park...

Becasse chef Justin North sounds wake-up call for Australians

This is the third guest post from Melbourne writer Jillian Burt, who has two of her own blogs, Yamazaki's Notebook and the new Soul Food. (Read her first and second reports from Australia.) It's been raining for the last couple of weeks along the East Coast of Australia, but it isn't all good news. New...

Report from Australia: On biotechnology, sheep, and “beautiful lies”

This is the second guest post from Melbourne writer Jillian Burt, who also has her own blog, Yamazaki's Notebook. (Read her first report from Australia.) "Drought-burdened sheep feeling the first rain in 12 months outside Nurioopta, South Australia." Photograph by Charlie 2.0 at Flickr. I've been aware that...

Guest post: Report from Australia

I'm pleased to be able to share the following guest post from Jillian Burt, an Australian writer introduced to me via email by a friend. Jillian reports on technology, mythology, food, the arts and local business in a way that she thinks of as "warm hunting," considering how what's contemporary connects up...