CSIRO and Hungry Jack’s likely to sell not-meat burgers

CSIRO, Main Sequence Ventures and Jack Cowin’s Competitive Foods Australia have teamed up to back v2food, a start-up developing a plant-based meat substitute. The company, headed by former Masterfoods and PepsiCo Research Director, Nick Hazell, will likely sell its product through the Hungry Jack’s chain, part of Competitive Foods ‘whch has provided start-up capital. Head…

Renewable energy investment stalls – Clean Energy Council

New investment in solar and wind farms has fallen risking power price rises and future energy reliability, according to the Clean Energy Council. A week after it was revealed the 2020 large-scale Renewable Energy Target (RET) would be met, the council said investment is threatened because there is no energy and climate policy to replace…

STEM failing in schools despite government focus

Comment by Peter Roberts Despite all the noise from policymakers promoting STEM study in schools, the statistics present another depressing picture of Australia’s failing VET education system. Figures released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show a continuing fall in STEM subject in Australian schools. In 2018 compared to 2017: # VET…

Recycling vineyard plastics makes circular economy real

By Peter Roberts There is no doubt the idea of a circular economy, where manufacturers reclaim used materials to make products that can themselves be recycled again and again, is a great idea. But getting from the dream to the reality requires such enormous goodwill and co-ordinated effort from manufacturers and end-users, that it very…