Update. (pre) July 2010

Join us for ... a mid-winter workshop

Have you had a taste of our 'Shopping with a Conscience' Supermarket Tours?

This Thursday, a small group (maybe very small) will be gathering for a Mid-winter recap. Over the past 3 years we've run over 80 supermarket tours, and with the end of the financial year upon us, were thinking that it's a good time for a refresher. It's an opportunity to revisit some issues, make some "new year's" resolutions, and be challenged and inspired. Or just share some stories. The focus for the night will be Warm Soup and Hot chocolate! (And include our regular trip to the supermaket).

>> Thursday 29 June, 6pm – 8.30pm >> Footscray Baptist church, 60 Paisley Street (Mel 42 B4).
Cost: donation. Supper provided. >> RSVP to Nick on 0417 114 492 nick@ethical.org.au

Meal & Movie... move out East!

Our upcoming meal and movie night will be held at Wendy's home in Blackburn. We'll be screening The End of the Line, on Thursday 8th July.

'Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.'
See more at http://endoftheline.com

What you can do? come see the movie of course - but also think about the seafood you buy. Four species that are considered a 'better buy' by the Australian Marine Conservation Society are Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Calamari. (Four - I can remember four).

>> dinner 6.30 - 7.30pm - byo 'food and thoughts' to share >> movie 8pm - 10.30pm.
RSVP nick@ethical.org.au or 0417 114 492

Upcoming nights - 12th August - screening Michael Moore's Capitalism - A Love Story
>>More about Meal & Movie nights

Labelling - making the bacon ...

"A Local Court decision will see Australia’s largest manufacturer of smallgoods, Primo Pty Ltd, fined a total of $433,325 for mislabelling Danish and Canadian bacon as Australian-made. This is the largest fine ever imposed in NSW in relation to food labelling. Aus Food News - June 10, 2010
As you'll see on our Smallgoods comparison page, most companies don't rate very well. We recommend that if you eat meat, you look for a local butcher or deli and ask if their meat is free-range.

Some great alternatives are :



  • Fernleigh Organic Farms -situated near Daylesford, Victoria - championing the preservation of rare breeds of domestic farm livestock such as the Wessex Saddleback pig, Shropshire sheep and Silver-Grey Dorking poultry - breeds on the verge of extinction. www.fernleighfarms.com
  • Ottway Pork - pigs are 'bred free-range' by the Pastoral Pork Company, the first pig producer to achieve national accreditation under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme. Pigs are from birth to four months raised in open paddocks, then in large straw-based shelters. www.otwaypork.com.au

Research Project ...

If you're interested in being part of a Melbourne University PhD research project on 'Pro-environmental consumption in Australian Context', contact Chamila Roshani on 0430156909 or chamilaroshini2004@yahoo.com or read more about the project.

Upcoming workshops ...

Thursday 29 June, 6pm – 8.30pm >> Public workshop & Supermarket tour,Footscray
Saturday 21st August, 10am- 12.30pm >> Knox Library Supermarket tour, Knox City

Register online here .


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