Eating food produced in our local area benefits our health, environment, community and farmers. But sometimes, it's easier said than done. Luckily, there are some simple tools that can help. Start with these 10 tips then check out the Local Harvest interactive map of where to source local food nationally; the Fair Food Forager app; and this handy guide to farmers markets and what's in season wherever you live in Australia.
Shopping at farmers’ markets and food co-ops can give you greater connection with your food. But it's when you get your hands in the dirt that you can really feel the many benefits of local food! On our Be Inspired page this month we bring you some inspirational folk redefining gardening in urban spaces - as well as showcase some outstanding farmers’ markets if you'd prefer leave the growing to others!
The Great Forest National Park is a proposed network of conservation areas on Melbourne's north-east fringe. Despite it's potential as a eco-tourism and jobs boon, the Victorian government has yet to commit. You can help make this national park a reality by filling in this survey and attending the gathering at Parliament House on February 21.
If you're already choosing local/organic/Fairtrade coffee, you're definitely on the right track to reducing the impact of your caffeine hit. But if you're still using a disposable coffee cup, it's time to step up your sustainability game! Aussies use approximately 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year; help reverse this trend by using a reusable mug. We sell both plastic and glass KeepCups in our e-store, take a look!
In December, thousands of Bangladeshi garment industry workers held walk outs for better pay. Security forces and factory owners engaged in a brutal crack-down of the strikes, with over 1,600 workers being fired. Police filed cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders. Sign the petition calling on fast-fashion brands whose clothes are made at the factories to take action. Find out more at the Guardian and NY Times .
Vegemite is set to return to Australian ownership after Bega announced it would buy most of Mondelez International's Australia and New Zealand grocery and cheese business » ABC Rural
Domino's, Australia’s biggest pizza chain, has been criticised for systematically underpaying their workers and management 'squeezing' its franchisees. » Sydney Morning Herald
The launch of new vegan products in Australia has almost doubled in the past two years, signalling that Aussies are becoming more mindful about their meat and dairy consumption » Food & Drink
Greenpeace is calling on Netflix to switch to renewable energy to power its data centres - sign the petition to add your support » Sum of Us
A new project documenting the stories of men, women and children detained by the government after seeking asylum in Australia. "harrowing, beautiful, surprising" » Behind the Wire