On 27 September 2017, a dynamic panel of experts explored whether food labelling could help create more sustainable food systems through case studies of food labelling for sustainably sourced fish, free range animal products and products containing palm oil.

This event was run as part of a research project on the regulation of free range labelling. 

The project, Regulating food labels: The case of free range food products in Australia, is investigating the regulation of free range labelling in Australia for eggs, chicken meat and pig meat. The project is led by Professor Christine Parker of Melbourne Law School, in collaboration with Dr Gyorgy Scrinis of the Food Policy Research Group in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

This panel, led by award-winning food writer and facilitator Richard Cornish, brought this discusssion to a public forum. Listen below.

Panel

Professor Christine Parker

Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne

Christine's research focuses on "free range" labelling and other higher animal welfare labelling for hens, meat chickens and pigs, and she investigates the possibilities for transformed relationships with animals and ecosystems in our food system.

Katinka Day

Campaigner and policy specialist with Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, CHOICE.

Katinka is responsible for CHOICE's food and health policy areas and has achieved positive change for consumers on free range eggs, dodgy health claims and country of origin food labels.

Dr Kate MacDonald

Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

Kate's research focuses on the politics of transnational production, exploring how standards for products like tea and palm oil are influenced by transnational organisations, including multi-stakeholder schemes such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance.

Dr Kate Johnson

Research Associate at the Sustainable Fish Lab.

Kate’s research focuses on the relationship between sustainability discourses and the culture of fishing communities, and her PhD research explored a case study of canned tuna and la tonnara – a tuna trap fishery used for centuries in Southern Italy. 

Story by Stuart Winthrope.