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Category: animal welfare

Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare – voiceless: the animal protection institute

There are over 25 million hens, plus millions of male chicks, who are used by the Australian egg industry every year. This industry is divided across three primary farming methods – battery cages, barn-laid and free range. This separation in farming styles has led to eggs becoming one of the most confusing and debated animal products on the market. In…

Winning the Salami Wars by Tammi Jonas

The Regulation Diaries (6): Winning the Salami Wars Just over two years ago, around 3 o’clock in the afternoon before an early flight to France and Italy to research the old traditions of charcuterie and salumi making, inspectors from the Victorian meat industry regulator PrimeSafe rolled up our driveway and destroyed all our personal salamis. Early this year we received…

Big Pharma, Big Food… who really controls the pig industry? by Tammi Jonas

First posted: 29 May 2016 02:16 AM PDT by Tammi Jonas……………. 25 years ago I read Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and became a vegetarian. 5 years ago we commenced farming free-range pigs and cattle at Jonai Farms. 3 years ago I became a butcher. Last week we went to the Pan Pacific Pork Expo (PPPE). This is not a story…

Community-supported agriculture at Jonai Farms by TAMMI JONAS

My interest in community-supported agriculture started in early 2000 as an eater in search of local, organic vegetables for my dear little family of three, soon to be pregnant with the fourth of ultimately five Jonai. We were living in Santa Cruz, California, pursuing the granola, earth-mama lifestyle so prevalent in that part of the world in spite of the…

The Regulation Diaries (Part 4): PrimeSafe’s War on Fat – by Tammy Jonas

‘Bone stocks, pâté de tête, rillettes, and of course I want to render lard…’ I listed the products for The Auditor that I was planning to make once the new commercial kitchen was approved. ‘Oh, yes, I have a few butchers who want to render lard. You have to do clostridium testing, you know,’ she informed me. ‘Really? Is there…

The Regulation Diaries (3): PrimeSafe’s War on Meat by Tammy Jonas

Our first regularly scheduled audit after The Salami Wars was just a few weeks after we returned from our research trip to France and Italy. (NB Audits are undertaken by private third-party auditors, who submit their reports to PrimeSafe, which is a statutory authority.) I was determined to give The Auditor nothing to worry about – I would show that…

The Regulation Diaries (Part 2): PrimeSafe’s War on Farm Gate Shops – by Tammy Jonas Food Ethics

My first meeting with The Inspector back in early 2013 was inauspicious to say the least. It was my first visit to PrimeSafe, but we had a month or two prior been granted a Class 3 Food Premises registration under the Food Act 1984 by our local Environmental Health Officer, which allowed us to refrigerate and sell our pre-packaged meat…

The Regulation Diaries(Part 1}: PrimeSafe’s War Against Salami Days – by Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics

This is the first of what I aim to be a series on the negative impacts of food safety regulation on small-scale production and freedom of choice in Australia. This first instalment details the story of how Victorian meat regulator PrimeSafe destroyed all our salamis last year. I will seek permission from other salami day hosts to share some more…

OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT: Improving Animal Welfare Through Food Labelling

  ABSTRACT When animals are bred for food, the conditions under which they live and die can be brought to the consumer’s attention by a wide range of means. One efficient way to do this is an effective labelling system. This paper contends that a significant number of consumers would be willing to pay more for meat products derived from…