There many ways to make choices this Christmas that reflect your values. See a whole bunch of handy resources at the Ethical Christmas Guide. Here’s a few hints from there.
The Christmas Meal
Ham often comes from Canada, Denmark or the United States, traveling about 15,000kms. Imports from these countries account for 64 per cent of processed pork consumed in Australia. (More on ‘Meeting your meat‘).
If you’re keen to celebrate Christmas by reducing food and travel miles, try sourcing your ham, poultry or chook from a local free-range meat provider.
See listings tagged ‘free-range’ on the Local Harvest map.
There’s plenty more resources that we’re still in the process of getting into the database. For more great sources of free-range meats see the links below.
> FlavourCrusader Alt.Pork,
> FlavourCrusader Alt.Turkey,
> FlavourCrusader Alt.Chook (and FlavourCrusader Alt.Eggs)
> Sustainable Table’s Ethical Meat Suppliers
> Free Range Pig Producers Where to buy Free Range Pork
> Ethical Christmas Guide Free Range Meats
> Locavored produce index
A note about labeling: ‘Bred free range’ piglets are weaned at about 4 weeks and raised indoors in eco shelters. Unlike ‘accredited free range’, which raise an animal that is free range for all of its life. Choose ‘accredited free range’ where possible
Great ‘local’ gift ideas for Victorians
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