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Australia To Open Its First-Ever Vegan Preschool With Plant-Based Offerings For Kids, From Syllabus To Food

3 Mins Read According to Vegan Australia, a non-profit organization, Australia will soon get its first-ever vegan preschool, Sustainable Play, to encourage eco-practices among children like following plant-based diets and visits to local farms and national parks. According to Vegan Australia, the Sustainable Play Preschool will be the country’s ‘first 100% vegan preschool’ to open its doors for […]

Wildfire Energy: Australian Cleantech Startup Turns Waste Into Renewables

4 Mins Read Wildfire Energy, an Australian cleantech startup whose gasification technology enables waste to turn into renewable energy, has been chosen as the first startup of its kind to join Brinc, a Hong Kong-headquartered venture capital and accelerator. Accepted into the Australia CleanTech Accelerator program, Wildfire Energy is part of Brinc’s bold new plan to invest in […]

Australia’s ProForm Foods Opens Facility To Produce 5,000 Tonnes Of Plant-Based Meat A Year

4 Mins Read ProForm Foods, an Australian plant-based protein supplier, has just opened its AU$11 million (US$8.1 million) manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Sydney, which will have the capacity to churn out 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat annually. The factory opening coincides with the launch of the company’s new MEET brand of plant-based meat alternatives, to serve […]

Australia’s Alt Protein Sector Poised For Exceptional Growth Thanks To Homegrown Superstars

4 Mins Read Australia is no exception to the global plant-based trend in recent years, with the movement only picking up pace since the coronavirus pandemic with consumers increasingly shifting away from conventional meat amid headlines of virus-ridden abattoirs. And as the demand continues to grow, homegrown startups are taking on the challenge to innovate new products that […]

Flave: Sydney Vegan Meal Subscription On A Mission To Bring Plant-Based Food To All Australians

3 Mins Read Launched this year, Sydney-based startup Flave is on a mission to bring plant-based eating to all Australians with its 100% vegan meal subscription plans, designed and crafted by local chefs and delivered to doorsteps. Currently operating across selected metro areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Flave has set its sights on expanding its service nationwide […]

Australian Cell-Based Crayfish Research Project Secures Seed Grant From New Harvest

2 Mins Read New York-based cellular agriculture research institute New Harvest has just welcomed a new research fellow, Lisa Musgrove, who is investigating crayfish growth factors and cell-culture. Musgrove is an aquaculture researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and represents the first Australian to receive seed grant money from New Harvest.  Musgrove will be using […]

Australian Plant Meat Startup v2food Closes Record US$55M Series B To Gear Up For Asia Launch

3 Mins Read Australian plant-based meat startup v2food has just announced a AU$77 million (US$55 million) Series B round, breaking records as the largest funding round in the category within the country. The financing was led by major institutional investors, including Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek and Sequoia Capital China. V2food says the capital will […]

Australia’s Fenn Foods To Launch Carbon-Neutral Plant-Based Veef

3 Mins Read Fenn Foods, an Australian plant-based meat brand, is set to launch its first carbon-neutral beef alternative before the end of this year. Its product, dubbed “veef”, aims to be the most delicious and sustainable plant-based meat product on the market. As consumers increasingly factor in the environment in their purchases, this could be the next […]

Australian Food Tech Vow Trials Cell-Cultured Exotic Meat With Famed Chef Neil Perry

4 Mins Read Sydney-based food tech Vow has recently served up its cell-based exotic meats in a trial with famed Australian chef Neil Perry. Six different animal species were selected for the trial, from kangaroo to alpaca, representing the first culinary demonstration of the startup’s multi-species cultivated exotic meats platform.  Vow, a food tech developing meat directly from […]

Kangaroo & Zebra Meat? This Australian Food Tech Is Developing Cell-Cultured Exotic Animal Meats

4 Mins Read Sydney-based food tech Vow is ramping up innovation in the cell-based meat industry by developing cultured versions of unconventional exotic animal meats. Unlike many other cultivated meat startups that are working on creating steak, chicken and seafood using cellular agriculture, Vow is dedicated to using the technology to grow products such as tortoise, kangaroo, zebra […]

BNP Paribas Launches Australia’s First Climate-Linked Bond

2 Mins Read BNP Paribas has announced the successful issuance of equity-linked green bonds totalling A$140 million (US$99.6 million) marking the first to be linked to the Australian Climate Transition (ACT) Index. The ACT Index is based on several climate scenarios and will continually be adjusted to reflect the future technological, social, regulatory and environmental changes.  The series […]

Aldi: First Grocery Chain In Australia To Identify Modern Slavery Risks

3 Mins Read Aldi Australia has released its Modern Slavery Statement, making it the first supermarket chain in the country to do so. The report highlighted that the prevalence and risk of modern slavery in the country is higher than previously thought, even in Australia’s local supply chains such as fresh produce.  On Friday (July 31), Aldi Australia […]

Australian Startup Cass Materials Develops Nata De Coco Scaffold For Cultivated Protein

3 Mins Read Perth-based startup Cass Materials has recently developed a new edible scaffold, which can be used by cellular agriculture food techs to manufacture cultivated proteins. The company’s biodegradable scaffolding, which is derived from nata de coco, can provide the matrix for animal cells to grow around, making it a suitable replacement for gelatin-based fibres that many […]

Law Student Sues Australian Government For Misleading Investors Over Climate Risk

3 Mins Read A 23-year-old law student in Melbourne, Australia has filed a lawsuit against the Australian government over failure to disclose the financial risks of climate change to a number of safe investments, including government bonds. Katta O’Donnell says she hopes that the case, which is a world’s-first, will change the way the government recognises and responds […]

Brinc & Artesian Bring Clean Energy Accelerator Program To Australia

3 Mins Read Brinc, the Hong Kong-based impact venture capital and accelerator firm, and Sydney-based alternative investment management company Artesian has partnered to launch a new Clean Energy Accelerator Program in Australia. The program aims to invest in next generation startups who are building tech-forward clean energy solutions to support Australia’s goal to use 50% renewables by 2030. […]

Australia’s Marine Animals Will Be The Fires’ Unseen Victims

3 Mins Read Ash and silt will choke underwater ecosystems. By: Doug Johnson As wildfires ravage Australia’s land and forests, so far killing an estimated one billion terrestrial animals, researchers worry marine and freshwater species will become invisible victims. More than 17.1 million hectares of land have burned across the country, with the worst fires currently raging in New […]

Climate Scientist Michael Mann: “Australia, Your Country Is Burning – Dangerous Climate Change Is Here With You Now”

4 Mins Read I am a climate scientist on holiday in the Blue Mountains, watching climate change in action. By: Michael Mann After years studying the climate, my work has brought me to Sydney where I’m studying the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events. Prior to beginning my sabbatical stay in Sydney, I took the opportunity this holiday […]