All things ethical eating.

Your guides and resources for living a sustainable + ethical life

Intro.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT FOOD

Looking for a roundup of why the food system needs our urgent attention? Look no further. Julian Cribb’s book, The Coming Famine, has been summarised into a gripping read right here… with pretty headings so as not to overwhelm.

Eating Animals.

MEAT THE ISSUES

The production and consumption of food in Australia and globally is linked to the environment at every turn – from on-farm production, food processing and packaging, distribution, storage and consumption. Learn how our food system as well as our voracious appetite for meat is impacting the environment at every turn.

PIGS

When did you last see a pig roaming free in a paddock? Currently over 90% of pork products in Australia come from factory farms where pigs never get to go outdoors. Learn more about industrial pig farming in Australia and how to seek truly free range alternatives.

CHICKEN + THE EGG

Want to learn all about the chicken and egg industry in Australia and how to source truly free range alternatives? Well you’ve come to the right place! With over 500 million chickens housed in factory farms and a further 11 million battery hens in Australia alone, we need to act now.

SHEEP

COMING SOON!

BEEF

Beef is one of the most popular meats in Australia – we hoe down on roughly 22.8kg per person per year, which is on par with Brazil and the USA – yet it comes with one of the worst eco-report cards. So what’s your beef?

DAIRY DIARIES

After the deregulation of the dairy industry in 2000, the mantra quickly became “get big or get out”. Since then the trend has been towards fewer but larger, more intensive operations, which may put more stress on the environment, dairy cows and resources such as water, grain and land. So what can we do?

RABBIT

Once thought of as a poor man’s chicken, rabbit is now seeing a culinary comeback in Australia. It’s a tasty, versatile and nutritious alternative that can also have fewer environmental impacts than other popular meats. But not all rabbit is created equal, the majority of these fluffy creatures are raised in intensive cage systems…

NATIVE MEAT – KANGAROO

Kangaroos are native to Australia and are designed to forage from the land in the wild. This means they are less destructive and have a smaller impact on the environment than other animals that are raised for meat. However there are some things to consider before you hop to it and whip up a roo burger.

FISH + SEAFOOD

The world’s fish stocks are in trouble. Decades of mismanagement and continued over-fishing have reduced many species’ populations to the brink of extinction. As consumers, our role is to be mindful of our seafood consumption, choose more sustainable species from well-managed fisheries and send a clear message up the supply chain that responsible practices are a viable and necessary part of their industry. Learn how here.

Food + Packaging Waste.

FOOD WASTE FIASCO

If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd biggest greenhouse gas emitter after the USA and China. If that stat scares you, then read on my friends because reducing food waste starts with you.

WASTE DEEP DOCUMENTARY

Food and packaging waste is not something that simply ‘goes away’ when we pop it in the rubbish bin for collection each week. Waste has an insidious, long-term impact on our environment, our wildlife and ultimately our health. Delve into the world of waste and zero waste living with our short documentary, Waste Deep. 22 minutes that will change the way you shop and eat. Forever.

Farming Systems.

INDUSTRIAL VS. ORGANIC

So what does organic farming actually mean and why does it get whacked with a ‘hippie or well-to-do’ label? Since when did industrial or conventional farming become the norm and why? What does it mean for animals, the environment and our health? Find out here.

Shopping Guides.

FREE RANGE EGG GUIDE

You may have heard the news about free-range egg certification becoming rather ‘loose’. If not, we’ll bring you up to speed and provide you with all the tools to select the good eggs.

FREE RANGE CHICKEN GUIDE

Check out our comparison table for intensive (factory farmed), free range and certified organic chicken. You’ll also find a handy directory of authentic free range chicken farmers.

FREE RANGE PORK GUIDE

If you’re baffled by all the lingo when it comes to sourcing truly free range pork products then look no further, we’ve done the leg work for you so you can identify when someone’s telling you porky pies.

SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD TIPS

5 Simple Steps to Sustainable Seafood, our handy Switch the Fish guide and a smart phone app will have you well on the way to selecting sustainable seafood at the fishmonger and when out to dinner.

ORGANIC VS. CONVENTIONAL DAIRY

What’s the difference between conventional and organic/biodynamic dairy farming? We’re so glad you asked, find out with this handy table.

SEASONAL PRODUCE GUIDE

If you find it hard to remember what’s in season when, then this little guide will be your go-to forevermore!

Where to Shop.

ETHICAL SHOPPING PYRAMID

Follow our ethical shopping pyramid to learn where you should shop most and places you should try to avoid, oh and we explain exactly why. With 30%-60% of our personal eco-footprint embodied in the food that we buy, there has never been a better place to start.

ETHICAL MEAT SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY

This directory will help you to source free range and organic meat that has been farmed in an ethical manner using methods that nourish the animals and the environment.

BULK FOOD DIRECTORY

So, you want to find where to buy in bulk because like us, you’re sick of packaging cluttering up your life and the planet? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Start shopping smarter simply by selecting your suburb or postcode and find a bulk store near you.

GOOD MILK DIRECTORY

The Good Milk Directory provides you with a state-by-state listing of independent dairy brands, lovingly compiled by Flavour Crusader. It also provides you with a handy checklist of what to look for when buying milk and dairy products.

Free Range Egg Directory

The Free Range Egg Directory provides you with a state-by-state listing of independent egg producers, lovingly compiled by Flavour Crusader. If it’s labelling and certification logos you’re baffled by, then visit our Free Range Egg Shopping Guide.

Free Range Chicken Directory

The Free Range Chicken Directory provides you with a state-by-state listing of independent chicken growers, lovingly compiled by Flavour Crusader. If it’s labelling and certification logos you’re baffled by, then visit our Free Range Chicken Shopping Guide.

What You Can Do.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Sustainable Table’s website is jam-packed with information about why we need to change the way we live and eat in order to build a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. But sometimes all you need is a pretty 10-step list to tell you exactly what to do. Well, Voila!

Resources.

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

View our lovely library of downloadable resources, it’s super handy for schools, institutions and those who want to learn more.

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