Update. September 2013

Otway Pork - Telling porkies!

The RSPCA has been forced to dropped its endorsement of Otway Pork products and remove its Paw of Approval from the brand. A 14 month investigation by Animal Liberation Victoria has revealed heartbreaking animal cruelty and filthy living conditions on RSPCA Approved Farms, with not one of the “five freedoms” animals are entitled to under the scheme being met. More

> Choose genuine free-range meat products - see Flavour Crusader's alt.Pork directory - or better still, choose to avoid meat products altogether. See Oxfam's Tips on eating less meat.

Conflict minerals in the Congo

Your mobile phone, your jewelry, your computer, your gaming system - they are all connected to the deadliest conflict since World War II. The war in the Congo has seen over 5.4 million dead and over 2 million displaced.

> Find out the connection at Conflict Minerals 101 and

I'm a Mac ... and I've Got a Dirty Secret.

> Find out how the largest electronic companies rank in their efforts toward using and investing in conflict-free minerals in their products; and give feedback to companies behind your brands.

> Join the email campaign asking Nintendo (who rank lowest) to take credible steps to ensure slave-mined minerals are not in their gaming consoles.

Traffik-free Toblerone

Stop the Traffik are running a Toblerone postcard campaign, asking Mondelēz (formally Kraft, owner of Cadbury), the world’s largest chocolate company, to give specifics on their committment to 'sustainable cocoa'. In 2012 Mondelēz announced that they would invest $400 million over ten years to help cocoa farming communities.

The concern is that these funds may go to simply expanding cocoa plantations.These funds have the potential to change the lives of children being exploited, and to prevent children being trafficked onto cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. > You can help by getting as many postcards signed as possible! Order them now from australia@stopthetraffik.org.

Quick bites ...
  • Bayer and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn the ban on its bee-killing pesticides, claiming the ban is "unjustified" and "disproportionate". (28/8/13) Nature News > Sign the petition to tell Bayer and Syngenta to drop their lawsuits now
  • Greenpeace’s new report, 'Certifying Destruction' criticises the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for allowing continued deforestation, peatland destruction and fires to occur (3/9/13). See how to avoid products containing palm oil.
  • NSW-based Bega Cheese has announced that it intends to make an unsolicited off-market $319 million takeover bid for Victorian-based dairy company Warnambool Cheese and Butter. (16/9/13) AusFoodNews
  • The Tecoma McDonald's still looks like it's going ahead, but the local community as part of the 'Burger Off!' campaign are not going down without a fight. Their city rally, trip to McDonald's head office in the US, and singing "flashmob" performance in a Melbourne food court all featured in a recent ABC's 7.30 Report (17/9/13). Inspiring!
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