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Understanding Consumer Attitudes to the Use of Genetic Modification

Speaking to delegates from industry, researchers, and investors at the Ag & Foodtech Symposium in Brisbane, Professor Rachel Ankeny explained that the future of genetic modification must include dialogue and debate with the public. Drawing upon the Food Values Research Group’s extensive research, Rachel explained that people’s concerns about GM are not just (or mainly) about […]

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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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Engaging the Public in Food Policy Deliberation

Food is of central importance in human lives, and has meanings beyond basic nutrition such as pleasure and community identity. Given the universality of the human connection to food, it is troubling that the general public is often excluded from the creation of food policy, which is generally the domain of elite expert participants. As […]

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UVM Food Systems Summit Keynote Q&A with Rachel Ankeny

Professor Rachel Ankeny, convener of the Food Values Research Group, will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 University of Vermont Food Systems Summit, June 14-15. The summit will explore the central question “What makes food good?” In advance of her keynote, Rachel spoke with the UVM Food Systems Initiative about multidisciplinary food studies, GMOs, food ethics, and […]

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Prof Rachel Ankeny talks about public attitudes to GM in agriculture on ABC Rural

In a recent article and radio interview with ABC Rural, Prof Rachel Ankeny explained that the public does not necessarily oppose the science and technology of genetic modification (GM), but is concerned with its use in agriculture. Prof Ankeny’s research on community attitudes towards food reveals that people make a distinction between GM science itself and […]

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ARC Discovery grant success for Prof Rachel Ankeny

Prof Rachel Ankeny was successful in the most recent ARC Discovery Project grant round for her project “Organisms and Us: How Living Things Help Us To Understand Our World” with Prof Michael Dietrich from Arizona State University and A/Prof Sabina Leonelli from the University of Exeter. The project aims to understand how researchers learn from […]

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ACOLA report on Australia’s Agricultural Future

Food Values Research Group convener Professor Rachel Ankeny recently contributed to the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) report Australia’s Agricultural Future. The report was co-authored by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from across the physical and social sciences, acknowledging the complex nature of questions concerning the future of agriculture in Australia. The report recognised that […]

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Need ‘social’ in the Food Science and Research Priority

Recently Prof Rachel Ankeny contributed to a commentary on the Science and Research Priorities announced by the Federal Government. The commentary, “Australia has a big role to play in feeding the world” published in The Conversation, offers a range of perspectives on the Food priority. In her section, Rachel highlights the need to see agriculture […]

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