Choo Roo is a site dedicated to helping people make ethical, sustainable, delicious and fun choices when it comes to what we eat. Apart from the ethical aspect, food is such a part of our way of life and many people eat too much food. Many first world health diseases are caused from over-eating and/or eating processed food.
We regularly post recipes aimed at providing the eco-eater with meals that seek to use environmentally friendly and sustainable ingredients. We feature a host of vegan, vegetarian, game and wild meat based meals. We hope that these meals will be easy to prepare, cheap, fun to make, delicious and healthy to eat while fitting within our prescribed set of ethical guidelines.
Choo Roo also features interesting blogs that focus largely on food, culture and society, the economy and the environment and travel. We share our thoughts, our passions, our frustrations and our fun as well as interesting travel adventures.
We post regularly and are always open to new ideas and suggestions to help us live healthier and happier.
What makes our food different?
There is enough data out there to conclude that the livestock industry is a massive contributor to carbon emissions on our planet (see further readings). Some studies show that animal agriculture produces four times as much greenhouse gas emissions than all methods of transportation emissions combined. This along with many other environmentally destructive factors, not to mention ethical factors such as animal cruelty and so on, means that we as a species need to seriously alter our dietary habits. One simply cannot claim to be an environmentalist and purchase farmed meat.
Choo Roo does not condone supporting an industry that cares more about capital gain than providing quality and healthy food, an industry that abuses animal rights on every front, an industry that causes an abundance of short and long term environmental damage, an industry where the majority of consumers are blissfully unaware of the true happenings within it. However it is hard to make ethical choices when there is such a lack of transparency within the industry and little information out there to help we the consumers make safe and ethical purchases. Choo Roo aims to inform the selective omnivore about alternative eating habits.
Australia is in a unique position at present. Due the massive amount of invasive species, such as camels, goats, wild buffalo, boar, rabbits and more, we can still, at least for now, satisfy our craving for meat without supporting such a destructive farming industry. The introduced feral animals are seriously hurting our native environment and are causing irreversible damage to our country. They are being culled regardless of whether we choose to eat them or not, which many agree is a positive response. Their meat thus becomes available to purchase for consumption. So here at Choo Roo, we aim to provide a selection of fine recipes to help newcomers and seasoned game eaters alike discover or rediscover this alternative source of meat. For those outside of Australia it’s worth investigating your own countries alternatives to farmed meat, or better yet go vegetarian!
There is enough good meat on the market that won’t put a dent in your wallet or on your conscience and by following what we call the five ‘allys’, a set criterion that all food must comply with before we purchase it, one can eat meat with little concern for environmental degradation. At least for now. In order for change to occur we must provide an alternative to farmed meat and as long as these invasive species run amuck on our soil these alternative exists.
The Five Allys
- Environmentally sustainable: Most of us at ChooRoo and vegetarian but some still choose to eat meat, but try to do so with as little impact as possible. When it comes to meat one should eat native (provided it’s legal) or game animals. Native animals are more suited to the local environment and therefore don’t need ‘terraformed’ land in order to exist. They minimise the wastage of precious resources such as water and arable land to grow food for food. Native animals don’t cause desertification, at least not to the degree that large scale cattle farms do. Also many game animals are pests that cause serious damage to our environment and should be eradicated anyway in order to preserve our land. These animals include, goats, camels, rabbits, wild pigs and more. Seek environmentally friendly products and always research the product for the ethical rating. We kid ourselves that battery farms are required to ‘feed the world’ when in actual fact one half of the world is still starving and the other half is dying from food/eating related disorders. If you are going to eat meat, at least avoid meat from farms!
- Economically cooperative: Support local fruit and vegetable farmers to the best of one’s ability and minimise offshoring. This ensures hard earned money stays within the circuit and thus helps maintain future farming in the local area. This is of course a very general and over simplified train of thought, but the essence is there nonetheless. Companies within your local area and even your own country for that matter are much easier to investigate, research, contact and so on. They must comply with the laws in this country which one should be more familiar with. For example many pesticides that have long since been banned in Australia still exist in many overseas countries. Support local industry and they will become more transparent. Buy selectively to ensure our farmers are given fair payment for their produce.
- Financially beneficial: A plant based diet is cheaper! In Australia it is anyway. Game meat is often just as cheap as farmed meat however the price for organic produce and food that comes from smaller business can often exceed that from a supermarket. From time to time we have to be prepared to pay a few dollars more for better food and this will benefit us all in the long run. Every dollar we spend is a vote cast. In time the prices will match and ethical eating will be cheaper than ever. On ChooRoo our meals are already cheaper than most and we aim to show people how to get an amazing abundance of flavour without having to spend a fortune. Learn to eat good quality food when you can afford to rather than cheap imported food often.
- Nutritionally superior: It’s no secret that a plant based diet can be extremely healthy if done right and game animals can contain a much higher level of iron and protein and often contain much less fat than farmed animals, in particular those in cramped conditions. Also, animals that are bred in organic, free range or biodynamic environments are not pumped full of antibiotics, growth hormones or any of the other nasty little things that keep the disease ridden factory farm animals alive. All game animals feed on natural food found in the local environment. This coupled with the much cleaner and spacious environment the animals are kept in subsequently means their immune systems are stronger and they are less prone to contracting and spreading harmful diseases such as salmonella and so on. ChooRoo recipes focus heavily on healthy eating and we aim to show people how to eat ethically and healthily without all the nonsense that often accompanies the healthy/organic/vegan diet regime.
- Psychologically gratifying: Many believe it is not morally wrong to kill and animal for consumption. At ChooRoo we try to avoid this debate as morality is defined by the individual or society itself which means morality fluctuates greatly. As long as we have a choice many of us at ChooRoo decide to avoid animal products as best we can. Despite the fact that many people consider themselves superior to animals and many people believe that ‘God’ or whomever put animals on this planet for our consumption, doesn’t negate the fact that animals still feel pain. Many animals are self-aware and most animals have emotions and facial expressions, even chickens. Most people wouldn’t brutally torture a puppy, why then is it OK to do this to a cow or a duck? Game or certified organic animals are, for the most part, treated well prior to slaughter and are slaughtered quickly, cleanly and as humanely as possible. Plants don’t have a central nervous system and knowing that an entire forest wasn’t cut down in order for you to have breakfast sure takes the load off.
Change doesn’t happen overnight however with minimal effort we can make a difference without drastically altering our lives. Being an environmentalist is easy, all we have to do is stay informed.