A Sydney food blogger and animal lover, Chanel is passionate about food, cooking and animal welfare. After participating in Meat Free Week 2013, Chanel made the decision to become vegetarian, as she realised that forgoing meat as a food-lover wasn't as difficult as she'd anticipated. Chanel is proud to be a supporter of Meat Free Week, and to build awareness of the issues caused by factory farming.
"I support Meat Free Week because our increasing appetite for meat has had a huge impact on our lands, our oceans, our health, and animal welfare. We need to educate ourselves, be aware of the issues caused by intensive factory farming, and look for ways to create a sustainable future for our planet. If you do choose to eat meat, choose sustainable, ethical, free range producers, and make a commitment to reduce your meat consumption. Get creative in the kitchen – buy fresh, local, seasonal produce and discover that you can create delicious, varied, nutritious meals without meat."
“Reducing meat consumption should not affect your iron levels. Replacing meat with iron rich foods such as legumes or green leafy vegetables will help ensure you maintain your iron levels and supplementing with Floradix Liquid Herbal Iron Extract may be the iron boost your body needs.”
In 1916 Dr. Otto Greither founded SALUS Haus and the ensuing success of that early enterprise, still carries on today reaching the far corners of the globe. In those early days, Dr. Otto Greither quickly developed a reputation for offering some of the finest natural health products on the market. The wisdom and love of being able to have a positive impact on people's health was later passed on to his son. In 1945, his son Otto Greither Jnr. took management of the company and still runs Salus Haus today. Through Otto Greither's hard work and dedication, Salus Haus now manufactures over 1,700 products and exports to 50 countries. More than 95 years after its founding, the Salus Group is one of the leading natural medicines manufacturers in the world.
In addition to the organic seal that guarantees the origin of ingredients from organic farming, the Salus plant stipulates the careful control of raw materials so that there are no contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides in their own lab - which extends far beyond the legal requirements. The entire Floradix range available in Australia is TGA approved.
"Chomping Climate Change explains how the widely-agreed goal to stop climate change can be almost fully achieved by replacing 25% of today’s least eco-friendly food products with better alternatives – quickly and inexpensively."
Chomping Climate Change's assessment of climate risk and opportunity is unique in explaining that reducing atmospheric carbon by 2017 is paramount, and the only pragmatic way to do so is to replace at least 25% of today’s livestock products with better alternatives by 2017, and to reforest the land thereby freed up so it can draw down excess atmospheric carbon. The analysis has been published and widely cited worldwide, including by Nature, The New York Times and Bill Gates. It can be viewed at chompingclimatechange.org
"We’re a meat-loving nation, but at what cost? Our huge appetite for meat (at a cheap price) has fuelled intensive production and as a consequence, our health, the welfare of animals - particularly pigs and poultry - and our environment haven’t fared well. Meat Free Week gives us the opportunity to think about how much we consume and explore new ways of eating that are healthier for us, fair for animals and better for the planet."
Sustainable Table is a young and innovative not-for-profit organisation that empowers Australians to use their shopping dollar to vote for a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. Globally, the organisation supports projects in developing communities that help to restore the natural environment and improve food security. Visit www.sustainabletable.org.au for more information and tips on sustainable eating and follow Sustainable Table on www.Facebook.com/thesustainabletable and www.Twitter.com/SustainTable.
“My passions are about living a vibrant life as individuals, groups and the world around. When we start looking at health, sustainability, or social food equity there’s nothing more important than reducing meat consumption. Once upon a time we ate meat sparingly with gratitude. After all it was a sign of wealth.
As developing nations rise, imagine if the world moved to eat like us, our earth will be trashed. Did you know we have enough food today to feed ten billion peeps. Yet we use this to feed animals, so few can enjoy excess. Doctors now acknowledge the many ills in the West are diet related, especially large meat consumption. With one decision we have the power to create a vibrant body and a vibrant planet. Wouldn’t that be something?”
Bob is the founder of the website VStarbliss, a content-curated news portal bringing positive news about health, sustainability and people doing good. The site evolved from a community Bob founded called V Star Sydney, which has around 750 members, with V Star Brisbane thriving too. In 2007 Bob held electoral forums for Make Poverty History that rolled out nationally in 2010, along with co-creating events such as Vegpledge.org, which highlighted the link between food and sustainability. Bob has also presented at international events including Healthy Lifestyle Expo in USA and South East Asian Vegetarian Congress, and is a director of Beta Catalyst Consulting, which focuses on helping companies value their people and the planet. With a background as an accountant, Bob grew to become a strategic business practitioner, now using these powers for good.
“We support Meat Free Week because its time we change the way we view our dinner plates as much for our health as that of the planet. As a society we have seen over consumption become the norm and this should be of a great concern to all of us. The impact of this has resulted in inhumane factory farming practices that affect the welfare of our land animals & ocean species.
There is not better time than now to change the way you eat, the way you shop and the way you think. Support local farming practices by shopping at your local farmers market, connect with the farmer and enjoy local seasonal fare like we do. It’s time to think differently”.
Tarian Pantry is an up-to-the-minute foodie destination that’s powered by plants. It is about helping people discover a deceptively simple diet and lifestyle that makes one’s eyes shine brighter, skin glow and body feel its best- all in an environmentally-friendly way. Amanda and the Tarian Tribe are dedicated to serving up facts on adding more green goodness to people’s life, while also offering pantry storage tips, wholefood market guides, foodie shopping advice, recipes and products for purchase to become a ‘Tarian Masterchef’. Visit www.tarianpantry.com.au and follow Tarian Pantry on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @tarianpantry.
"Raising awareness about the impacts and ethics of eating meat helps for positive change to occur. Meat free week is about doing this by getting people to think about how much meat they consume, where it comes from, how animals are treated and the environmental impacts that meat create. In changing our consumption habits, we are placing ‘our vote’ about the type of meat industry we would like to create."
Ethical Consumers Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easier for society to make consumer choices that are better for people, the planet and animals. The organisation publishes Otter- a free fortnightly newsletter full of actionable tips and advice on ethical consumer choices. It consists of articles, interviews, information and interesting events around Australia, where subscribers receive the newsletter fortnightly in their inbox. To sign up visit www.otter.org.au.
"We support Meat Free Week because it's an easy, inclusive way for people to see how great meat free eating can be! Not only is a plant-based diet now recognised as healthy in the Australian Dietary Guidelines, but medical research is constantly showing that being meat free can prevent and in some cases reverse serious health issues. But it's not only the health benefits amazing - you're also doing our planet and it's human and animal inhabitants a huge favour by abstaining from meat. Vegetarian and vegan food can be delicious - you can eat virtually any thing you eat now, even schnitzel and sausages!"
The Power Plant is a modern guide to a cruelty-free life. Written by founders Vanja Stace and Jenna Brown, this Sydney based vegan cruelty free blog covers cruelty free nutrition, beauty, fitness and fashion. www.thepowerplant.com.au
"It's great to shake things up once in a while and Meat Free Week is a fantastic opportunity to try something different and incorporate more plant-based meals into your lifestyle. Going Meat Free can benefit, you, the animals and our planet!"
Consumewithcare.org is a not-for-profit website which aims to inform and educate the Australian public about how to shop and eat in a way that minimises animal suffering. It wants to empower people to vote with their wallets to create change in the way animals are treated, and provides recommendations on which products to buy and where to buy them- making shopping for higher animal welfare products both easy and accessible. If demand for higher animal welfare products increases, then less animals will have to suffer. Consume with Care strongly believes that together society can make a difference to the lives of millions of animals.
"When it comes to our attitude towards meat, we all know that something, at some time, has gone wrong. We love the idea of Meat Free Week because like us, it talks to people about the health and environmental benefits of making simple reductions to how much meat we're eating. By encouraging us to get together with friends and family and celebrate good food that doesn't cost the earth, nor the welfare of animals, Meat Free Week is the perfect time to start new habits and think about what you can do every week to make a difference.
We believe all Australians can be doing their bit to build positive change and that by reducing our meat consumption, we can build both a healthier community and significantly reduce our impact on the environment."
Meat Free Mondays is a campaign encouraging Australians to have one meat-free day each week for the good of their health and planet. Organised by the Fry's Family Foundation, Meat Free Mondays Australia is part of a global movement to promote healthy, sustainable food choices and build a more balanced approach to the way we eat meat.
“Australia has THREE TIMES the ecological footprint of the world average, with methane from livestock being a huge contributor. We could easily reduce this if Australian's introduced a few simple and tasty meat free meals into their weekly diet.”
Sydney food blog vegeTARAian aims to prove that vegetarian life can be delicious and fun by sharing simple recipes, vege-friendly options in restaurants, occasional travel eats and conversational pieces about vegetarianism and ethical eating. Author of the blog, Tara Mathews is a vegetarian and animal and food-lover; interested in reconnecting with food to become more aware of what we are eating, local and seasonal produce; reducing food waste, raising awareness about factory farming and the global reduction of meat consumption.
"I believe that if people ate a more balanced diet, we'd have a more balanced society".
During a successful career as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising industry, Ken learnt the basic principles of business management and was involved in creating many marketing campaigns. He was also interested in the principles of macrobiotic and vegan foods, and found adherence to the principles assisted in improved physical wellbeing. In turn, Ken was instrumental in founding Iku Wholefood, providing premises in a building he owned and the finance to create the first Iku outlet in Glebe in 1985. By 1991, the Glebe store was extremely successful and Ken decided to take on an active, full-time role in the business. As he learnt the basics of the retail food and restaurant industry, Ken recognised that the outlet had created a strong demand. Bringing management and marketing skills to Iku, Ken streamlined the menu, standardised and recorded the ingredients and methods used in the cooking processes; and set up a central kitchen to sustain high-quality standards that could supply several outlets. Today, Iku maintains its passion for fresh, ethical, wholesome food and has 13 stores in Sydney.
What began as an innocent idea between friends is fast growing into a movement that is taking off around the world. The Conscious Club was created by Tim Brown and Gary Gorrow in 2012 after they, and so many of their friends, had grown increasingly tired of going to the same old pubs and clubs. The Conscious Club is all about creating conscious community through the medium of what they refer to as ‘enlighter-tainment’.
Each Conscious Club evening intelligently weaves together enlightening entertainment of all genres including uplifting live music, films that provide insight into the human condition, knowledge presentations from some of the world’s thought leaders, the rare opportunity to to be in the presence of hundreds of meditating minds, the sharing of a delicious vegetarian feast and a social experience that is vibrant beyond measure.
"To me, Gourmet Food means quality Ingredients. And Quality Ingredients are those that are fresh, seasonal, ethically and sustainably grown and raised. I know we will achieve this only if we demand for it. If we do something to change things. I want a GOURMET life, I want the best for me, my family and my friends and I’m trying to be part of the change.No, I don’t spend more money. Yes, I spend it in a better, smarter, quality way. No, I haven’t given up flavor. Yes I have added a wider range of fun, delicious, new recipes and combos to my kitchen.Believe me, once you try, you can’t go back!"
Claudia is an Italian-Venezuelan “gourmet food & fun projects” blogger at gourmetproject.net. She loves travelling, Christmas, themed dinner parties, tea, cookies, Japan, hats and fun cooking. Demitarian & food conscious. #lifelover #lifeexplorer and #foodtrotter. A degree in Economics and 10-years experience as an HR Manager gave way, a few years ago, to her Cordon Bleu Certificate; to her will to discover new foods, replace ingredients and consult multiethnic cookbooks; to her foodie & homey projects; and to her Rome based blog about it all! You can follow her Blog and her Facebook Page and join what she calls her “gourmet delirium!”.
"I now try to think more about where the food I eat comes from. It’s not always easy as we do the majority of our shopping at the supermarket where true free range produce isn’t always available. But, we do ALWAYS buy free range eggs and free range or barn raised meat wherever we can. We also eat A LOT less meat than we used to and I think this relives the burden on factory farming in my own small way. I believe that my purchasing habits send a message to the supermarkets that I don’t want to eat caged eggs or meat from animals raised in intensive systems. Through my shopping choices my voice and be heard!
I’m not a vegetarian, but I am a mindful eater and I do the best I can...it’s easier than you think!"
The Adventures of Miss Piggy is a blog written by Melanie that she launched in 2008. At first, the blog focused solely on restaurant reviews and later included posts about the edible plants grown on Melanie’s balcony. After watching the Four Corners documentary regarding the live export trade to Indonesia Melanie’s entire view of farming, eating and the world changed, and was a pivotal moment as a consumer. Until then, she had assumed that all meat, eggs and milk was produced in idyllic farming conditions with animals running around on lush pastures, living their most natural life. Melanie learnt that the reality was that many animals live in horrific conditions in small cages or pens, hardly able to move. They never see the light of day and live in fear and stress- and that is just the tip of the factory-farming iceberg. Visit www.theadventuresofmisspiggy.com.
"Meat Free Week gives us the opportunity to reflect on all aspects of the food we eat. Through my extensive research and personal accounts from friends, family and followers of the blog it has become very apparent to me that the more veggies and whole foods we include in our diets the healthier, happier, more energized and beautiful we become. By creating fresh, luscious and flavour filled veggie packed meals you crowd out the animal products and instead get all your daily calories/energy from food that are full of life and nutrition."
Megan Young is a plant-powered food blogger, with her background as a professional photographer and blogger allowing her to combine a passion for photography with her passion for healthy plant-based food. Growing up in Tasmania, Australia surrounded by nature, Megan couldn’t help but have a well-developed appreciation for fresh, wholesome and local produce. Over the years, this love of fresh produce inspired her to study nutrition. After fours years in Dublin, Ireland Megan has returned to Sydney where she is working on her blog, Veggies & Me, recently launching a healthy stock photo agency called Veggie Stock and publishing her ebook Veggies & Me.
“With environmental impacts inherent in every meal-time, TPGCo supports Meat Free Week as an opportunity to consciously reflect upon our edible decisions. We love growing gardens you can eat and will definitely be eating more from our edible garden planters during 23-29 March, 2015!”
The Productive Garden Co. is an Adelaide-based, nation-wide business that specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of edible gardens. They help people to grow gardens they can eat which connects people with the harvest-to-table cycle and the natural world we live in (plus, home-grown tomatoes taste better!). The business has grown and now not only supplies natural Apple Crate planters, slow release fertiliser/green manure mixes, and hand-forged tools, but is also the Australian distributors for the recycled and sustainable Woolly Pocket table and vertical garden planters! Visit productivegardenco.com.au