30 July 2014

Fishing for Compliments: Tassal's Grant for Fish By Product Factory

Written by Bexy McFly
What a generous government we have. 3.8 million clams have been granted to Tassal for production of a fish meal plant 4km north-east of Triabunna on the Tasman Highway, and there’s nothing fishy about that. Ok, there totally is. It reeks of fish carcass, as will the area surrounding the facility.

20,000 tonnes of fish by-product will be processed each year, which many of the salmon themselves are fuming about. Those ones will probably become smoked salmon back at Tassal, and the dregs will be used for high-value fish oil and protein-based products which will be distributed not only throughout Australia but internationally as well.

27 July 2014

Hemp Seed Food Debate Continues

Written by Jessica Goddard
The decision to allow manufacturers to produce hemp seed for human consumption in Australia has been pushed back to January 2015.

The Council of Australian Governments' National Forum on Food Regulation delayed the decision until next year, citing  concerns that producing hemp seed food would send ‘mixed messages’ over drug use.

Hemp is similar in structure to cannabis, but lacks the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  While it is legal to grow hemp in Australia, it is not currently licensed for use in human foodstuffs.

23 July 2014

Hemp Over Milk to Tackle Tasmania's Youth Unemployment

Written by Emma Luimes
The ABC reported last week that Councils around Tasmania are supportive of the prospect of an industrial and medical industry in Tasmania to combat the state’s employment problems, particularly in regional areas, where traditional means of employment such as forestry and mining are declining.  Last month, Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff assured the establishment of a hemp industry in Tasmania would be a priority. 

Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said that the establishment of an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania, although in its nascent stage, could provide a huge opportunity for the state in terms of fibre and food production.
However, the development of the industry is facing significant hurdles and restrictions. Jan Davis from the Farmers and Graziers Association said that these restrictions are “unique to Tasmania”, and that "you can grow industrial hemp in most other places in Australia without anywhere near the drama that goes on here”.

22 July 2014

Tasmanian Vegan Cheese Adventures

Written by Sophie Wood
Who knew watching videos on ‘YouTube’ could be so enlightening? I was enjoying listening to the music of ‘Vegan Smyth’; one of my favourite vegan singers, songwriters and comedians. He is the man that has given us memorable songs like: ‘Where do you get your protein?’ ‘The Preachy Vegan Song’ and ‘WTF Do You Eat?’ While listening to his song, ‘Couldn’t give up my cheese’, I contemplated some of the song’s lyrics: ‘Vegan cheese, vegan cheese, if you really need cheese have vegan cheese and leave the cows alone, please.’ Vegan cheese?  I consider myself quite the vegan connoisseur however I must admit I had never tried vegan cheese. This got me thinking; where can I get some vegan cheese? I have been a vegan for two years now and my foodie adventures have led me to vegan ice cream, vegan yogurt and vegan chocolate, to name a few. My mind was made up. I would search for this vegan cheese.

21 July 2014

Vegan Apricot Bliss Balls

Recipe by Gina Fenech

  • 1 cup gluten free quick cooking oats
  • 15 dried apricots
  • ½ of a ripe banana
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • Roll in shredded coconut

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