Australian politics, society & culture

Food

Close to a billion of the world’s population are overweight while 300 million are clinically defined as obese. Experts predict a rapid increase in these figures - particularly in industrialised countries. So, what is to be done?
The world must solve three food problems simultaneously: end hunger, double food production by 2050, and do both while drastically reducing agriculture’s damage to the environment. A discussion presented by Festival of Ideas, University of Melbourne
A sugar-cube replica of Rachel Whiteread’s Embankment (2005) © The Art Fund
Have we lost control of what we eat?
By Gail Bell
Michelle Garnaut in her Beijing restaurant, Capital M

© Michelle Garnaut

 
Her kitchen rules
By Linda Jaivin
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Bourbon & Beefsteak in Kings Cross
By Paul Ham
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Our Animal Instincts for Eating Meat
By Benjamin Law
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Robert Drewe on the Secret Lives of Ants
By Robert Drewe
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Food Technology and the Manufacture of Flavours
By Anna Krien
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Fasting at a ‘Fat Farm’
By Helen Garner
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Ashley Hay
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Alice Pung
Upton Sinclair’s ‘Oil!’ & Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’
By Gideon Haigh
Martin Jones’s ‘Feast’
By Gay Bilson
Near the beginning of William Golding's 1955 novel The Inheritors, an old woman makes fire, opening a ball of clay, placing it over an old patch of the same and breathing on it. She places twigs, leaves and rotting organic material on the clay and blows again. "She began to work the wet clay with her fingers, tidying
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gay Bilson
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Linda Jaivin
By Andrew Stafford
For a state that has supposedly come a long way since Joh Bjelke-Petersen ruled via a rustic combination of batons and brown paper bags, Queensland remains uncannily capable of producing moments cut from the cloth of its past. In April 2004 the Deen Brothers, local demolition legends, were contracted to clear some old