• Food for an emergency kit

    Posted on Feb 20, 2019

    What food would you grab in an emergency? Sumfood presents a short video about the food you may need to get you through a disaster

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  • The curious tale of the guy who wouldn’t dig holes

    Posted on Feb 14, 2019

    In a recent opinion piece, published in a mainstream New Zealand newspaper, a young man declared (my paraphrasing here) that manual labour was beneath him and why would anyone want to dig fence post holes.

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  • Chocolate, oysters, asparagus and celery – foods of love?

    Posted on Feb 11, 2019

    As Valentine’s day rolls again, it is interesting to ponder the connection between food and love. A lot of us love food, but of interest here is the association between food and the love of other humans. Let’s begin with a bit of a historical review.

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  • Will science save us? Part 2

    Posted on Feb 06, 2019

    One of the more confusing aspects of working in the food world is the lack of scientific uniformity that you find. Specifically, regarding what is safe to consume and what is not. Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash

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  • Vegemite and cheese, and lunch box conundrums

    Posted on Jan 29, 2019

    Reflections on lunch-boxes of days gone by, the pressures of today and the prevalence of food security - food for thought as children return to schools after holiday breaks.

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  • Keeping yourself food safe after the flood

    Posted on Jan 28, 2019

    Floods and natural disasters don't end when the water goes down... check out our handy video and keep yourself safe

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  • Forage

    Posted on Jan 27, 2019

    The idea of foraging for food is attractive in that the cost is in time and effort, you are using something that would not be eaten otherwise and there is a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained by feeling a little more resilient or sustainable. It increases awareness of our natural environment and gets people outside, but the downsides are the risk to health from misidentification or contamination.

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  • When fixing food systems is about the hashtag

    Posted on Jan 21, 2019

    This post was written in part in response to some media fixation with an individual in what would appear to be an attempt to discredit an important conversation about the future of food. It was also written in part because EAT-Lancet Commission report is important and is worthy of investigation. It does raise a troubling question – who should be driving the food agenda?

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  • Food origins are not straightforward

    Posted on Jan 17, 2019

    In a much-publicised move, the President of the US served up fast food to a winning sports team. Putting aside the reason for the rather odd event there were several points of concern arising from the event. Disclaimer: we are not talking politics.

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  • Know your grower

    Posted on Jan 07, 2019

    A lot of disagreement, a lot of passion

    Subscribing to social media feed for agribusiness news takes a certain sort of stamina. Feeds bounce between cute videos of piglets to full-on battles between different farming philosophies and different consumer perspectives. What becomes very clear, very quickly, is that there is a lot of disagreement and, a lot of passion.

    If we consider that the core purpose of social media is to communicate, then it is an ideal platform for the sharing of ideologies, building followings and converting nay-sayers to our “better” way of thinking. It seems, however,...

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