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Paula Zito

For the Food Values Research Group’s October seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Paula Zito.

Regional branding of food products and food Geographical Indications

Dr Paula Caroline Zito, Associate Teacher, Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide

This presentation analyses the current laws and regulations in Australia that regulate the usage of Australian regional names on food products to make origin claims. It identifies their deficiencies, and problems resulting from them, for Australian regional food producers and the wider Australian food and agrifood industries. It analyses the current regulation of Australian regional names on wine labels in order to highlight the vast differences that exist, under current Australian laws, in the regulation of how regional names are used on food labels to make origin claims, compared to how regional names are used on wine labels, in the form of Geographical Indications, to make origin claims.

The presentation proposes that there is a strong case for the implementation of a sui generis food Geographical Indication framework in Australia in order to overcome the deficiencies identified with current Australian laws and regulations. The presentation explains that the proposal for an Australian sui generis food Geographical Indication framework is not only important at a national level, but also equally important at an international level, especially in the context of the recently commenced negotiations with the European Union in relation to the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement. 

Paula qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis entitled “Geographical Indications: What is their Worth? A Comparison of Geographical Indication Registrations Between Australia and Italy,” on 21 February 2018. She graduated at The University of Adelaide on 3 May 2018. Her supervisors were Professor Melissa de Zwart and Associate Professor Bernadette Richards.

Her thesis explores the worth of using food Geographical Indications on food products to make an origin claim in the context of a sui generis food Geographical Indication system. It assesses the value of using a sui generis food Geographical Indication system to protect the connection between Australian regional food and origin and to protect the assets that Australia has in Australia regional names as identifiers of authentic regional food products that have a clear and strong connection with Australian regions. This assessment is made against a background of significant and original fieldwork carried out in Italy and South Australia.

When: Wednesday 7th of November, 12-1 PM

Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)

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Child eating chips watching television

For the Food Values Research Group’s October seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Lisa Smithers.

Food Advertising to Children

Dr Lisa Smithers, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

For many years it has been thought that the advertising of food influences what children eat. In 2012, we systematically reviewed the literature to estimate Australian children’s exposure to food advertising on television. We found only four studies of limited quality, and these studies had widely varying estimates of exposure. We then undertook one of the largest studies ever conducted on food advertising on television. Throughout 2016 we logged 30,000 hours of television and coded >800,000 advertisements. Our data shows that 11% of all advertising was for foods and beverages, with snack foods, crumbed meats, fast foods and sweetened beverages advertised the most. We estimated children’s exposure to food advertising at times when many children watch television and when C-rated programs are broadcast. Our large database of advertisements is now allowing us to extend the scope of our work to advertising of specific food products and advertising of food and alcohol during sports events.

Dr Lisa Smithers has research interests in paediatric public health and nutrition, perinatal epidemiology, and Aboriginal health. Her work on food advertising to children can be found here.

When: Wednesday 3rd of October, 12-1 PM

Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)

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Heather and Emily

Over the last week, members of the Food Values Research Group (FVRG) have been presenting their research and participating in panel discussions at the 2018 4S Conference held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The theme for this year’s 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) conference was “TRANSnational Society and Technology Studies (STS)” – with a focus on the global scale and diverse regional natures of STS. Talks covered a huge range of topics drawing upon a plurality of approaches – foregrounding indigenous knowledge, examining global collaboration, and emphasising regional expertise, embodied, and embedded practices.

The FVRG’s Rachel Ankeny and Heather Bray of the University of Adelaide organised two Saturday morning sessions for the conference, looking at “Transgressing the Intersection of Science and Food.”

Emily Buddle

To kick off the first session, Val J Martin (Illinois Institute of Technology) spoke on emerging narratives from different interest groups around the promise and limitations of CRISPR technology for food production. FVRG’s Emily Buddle (University of Adelaide) then presented research that she, Heather Bray, and Rachel Ankeny have been doing examining consumer attitudes around animal treatment in agriculture and a perceived resulting “essence” in meat that can affect consumers. She discussed different conceptions of “welfare,” how attitudes are formed, influenced and shaped socially and culturally, and the effect these may have on the social licence of meat producers. Finally, Bill Doolan (Auckland University of Technology) and Brian Bloomfield (Lancaster University) looked at the uneasy coexistence and potentially toxic mix of oil and gas extraction from under prime agricultural land in the Taranaki region of New Zealand.

In the second session, Wythe Marschall (Harvard University) was up first talking about participatory, more-than-human approaches to understanding the practices and value discourses of pericapitalist (situated at once both inside and outside of capitalist spaces) vertical farming in New York City. Heather Bray then presented some findings on how antibiotic use in animal agriculture is framed in the Australian media. She was followed by Ignace Schoot (Memorial University of Newfoundland) looking at techniques of containment in salmon aquaculture as material practices through which multiple insides and outsides are created, connected, and kept apart. To finish up the sessions we had the research of Richard Helliwell (University of Nottingham), Sujatha Raman (ANU), and Carol Morris (University of Nottingham) on transgressing the intersection between antibiotics and food production via animal health management.

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful participants and organisers for making 4S 2018 such an enriching and valuable event!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sinead Golley

For the Food Values Research Group’s September seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Sinead Golley: Food avoidance: why are so many of us going gluten free? Dr Sinead Golley, CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Research conducted by the CSIRO has revealed a significant trend amongst Australian adults to engage in self-prescribed dietary modification through the avoidance of […]

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Professor Eva Kemps

For the Food Values Research Group’s August seminar, we are pleased to welcome Professor Eva Kemps: Chocolate, chips, and pizza: It’s just so hard to say ‘no’ Dr Eva Kemps, Professor of Psychology, Flinders University Most people know the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet, yet many find it difficult to do so. One major contributing […]

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    In the modern dietary landscape, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with the dizzying array of celebrity chefs, Instagram famous wellness gurus, and new “clean eating” trends popping up almost weekly. These dietary prescriptions often come with sweeping promises of outrageous cures for everything from autism and asthma, to cancer and depression, a […]

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A few weeks ago, Emily Buddle, a PhD candidate here at University of Adelaide with the Food Values Research Group, met with a group of dairy farmers and managers from Western Victoria across to the Fleurieu Peninsula who are part of “TRACtion”. These farmers are a group who are passionate and work hard towards continuous improvement […]

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The Food Values Research Group has been fortunate this year to have been joined by some excellent speakers on a range of interesting and varied topics. A few weeks ago, Anthropologist Dr Georgina Drew came to explain and discuss the ways that villagers in India used Gandhian-inspired repertoires of resistance to frame water rights within […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s June seminar, we are pleased to welcome Dr Georgina Drew. “In the Land of Milk and Yogurt, We Don’t Want Coca-Cola”: Gandhi-Inspired Moral Ecologies of Rural Development in India Dr Georgina Drew, Anthropology and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide The Coca-Cola insignia is omnipresent in contemporary India but […]

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For the Food Values Research Group’s May seminar, we are pleased to welcome Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson. Throw another cricket on the barbie? Australian consumers’ awareness and acceptance of insects as food Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide Insects have long been consumed as part of the […]

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