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Gene editing for animal welfare: Heather Bray speaks on ABC Radio National

In the latest episode of ABC Radio National program “Science Friction”, Dr Heather Bray weighs in on the topic of gene editing using new CRISPR-CAS9 technology for livestock animal welfare. The episode “Making animals happier? Gene editing in the farm yard”, looks at the history of genetic modification and gene editing science and technology, and asks […]

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Rachel Ankeny talks free range eggs on Knowing Animals podcast

Prof. Rachel Ankeny recently joined the Knowing Animals podcast to discuss buying free range eggs. The episode focused on her journal article co-authored with Heather Bray. The article is titled ‘Happy Chickens Lay Tastier Eggs: Motivations for Buying Free-range Eggs in Australia’. It was published in the journal Anthrozoos in May 2017. This episode of Knowing Animals is […]

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Food Values Researchers Featured in Lumen Magazine

Dr Susie Chant, a recent Food Values Research Group Phd graduate, was involved in the South Australian local foods phenomenon long before she decided to research and write about the topic. She ran several award-winning restaurants before earning a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for her dissertation, A History of Local Foods in Australia 1788 – […]

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Perceptions of genetically modified food are informed by more than just science

This article originally appeared in The Conversation and describes work featured in a paper entitled “Not just about “the science”: science education and attitudes to genetically modified foods among women in Australia” that was recently published online by New Genetics and Society http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2017.1287561. We also prepared a short You Tube video summary. Perceptions of genetically modified […]

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It’s complicated: Australia’s relationship with eating meat

Ahead of a new documentary series on SBS about meat, Rachel and I were invited to write a piece for The Conversation, which is reproduced here (without the embedded videos).   It’s complicated: Australia’s relationship with eating meat Heather Bray, University of Adelaide and Rachel A. Ankeny, University of Adelaide Australia has a long-standing history […]

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Catalyst looks at CRISPR, with expert comment from Prof Rachel Ankeny

On Tuesday the 30th of August, the ABC’s science program Catalyst ran a piece on gene editing, with a particular focus on one of the newest tools CRISPR-Cas9. Gene editing tools such as CRISPR-Cas9, often just referred to as CRISPR, allow scientists to cut the DNA within an organism’s genome in a specific place, using […]

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Smoothies as Talismans: The Allure of Superfoods and the Dangers of Nutritional Primitivism

Superfoods are everywhere these days. Once found only in niche health food shops, displays of “exotic” superfoods like açai from the Brazilian Amazon and maca from the Peruvian Andes now appear in supermarket chains, chemists, and convenience stores. One can hardly open a newspaper or magazine without coming across a list of the top superfoods […]

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Foodies and ethics – Prof Rachel Ankeny featured on “The Philosopher’s Zone”

Prof Rachel Ankeny from the Food Values Research Group and Department of History at the University of Adelaide recently appeared on Radio National’s “The Philosopher’s Zone” discussing food ethics. The program begins with an interview with philospher Susan Wolf and her defence of ‘foodies’. She argues that an interest in food, and an enjoyment of food […]

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How do you choose your food? Ethics, morality, and ‘good’ food

Rachel Ankeny discusses findings about food ethics from the ARC project What Shall We Have for Tea? Toward a New Discourse of Food Ethics in Contemporary Australia, in a piece for The Conversation, which is reproduced here: Tastes like moral superiority: what makes food ‘good’? Rachel A. Ankeny Food choice has become a moral morass. Discussions […]

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Not appropriate dinner table conversation? Talking to children about meat

Our recent paper on how Australian families talk about meat production gained a lot of interest in the media. In addition to several radio interviews following the University announcement, we were invited to write a piece for The Conversation, which is reproduced here:

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