Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Ethical Omnivore

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Dan Bourchier is joined by Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard, founders of Feather and Bone Providores in Sydney, discussing their book Ethical Omnivore: a handbook and cookbook for anyone who truly cares about the meat they eat.

They are unmatched in their commitment to full transparency in their meat production and only buy whole animals, which they then break down and supply retail as well as to leading restaurants. More than butchers, they are educators about the ethics of eating meat and activists for a better way of farming.

A handbook and cookbook for anyone who truly cares about the meat they eat.


We live in an affluent era marked by an increasingly fraught relationship to food, and meat is arguably the most controversial ingredient. There is a communal ache for authenticity, for a way forward with good conscience.

The Ethical Omnivore explores the solution: living with a conscience; asking the right questions of whomever sells you meat or of the labels you read; and learning how to respect the animal so much that you’re willing to cook something other than chicken breast. This book traces how animals can be raised ethically, and demonstrates some ways regenerative farmers are outstanding in how they care for their animals. It offers tried-and-tested recipes from the Feather and Bone community, from simple and easy weeknight meals to slow roasts for special occasions. And it shows all of us how to live with less impact on the animals and environment that support us.

Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard

Laura Dalrymple and Grant Hilliard run Feather and Bone Providores in Sydney. They are unmatched in their commitment to full transparency in their meat production and only buy whole animals, which they then break down and supply retail as well as to leading restaurants. But they are more than butchers; they are educators about the ethics of eating meat and activists for a better way of farming. Laura is a frequent contributor to The Australian and Business Insider and they are regular guests on ABC radio.

Dan Bourchier

Dan Bourchier presents ABC Canberra’s 7pm News bulletin, is a regular on radio, tv, and major events coverage across the ABC.

Dan grew up in the outback Northern Territory mining town of Tennant Creek and began reporting for the local newspaper when he was 14, going on to work for the NT News. His younger years in Tennant Creek, together with his coastal Victorian Aboriginal heritage, have instilled in him a deep interest in the culture, history and social justice issues of Australia’s First Nation people.

From 2010 he was with National Indigenous Television (NITV) in Sydney and Canberra before moving to Darwin in 2012 to join Sky News as its NT bureau chief. In that role he covered stories including the fourth inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Top End and the subsequent deployment of US Marines to the Territory. He was the first to announce the rolling of NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, breaking the news on air while the Cabinet was still in discussion. Most recently he was Political Reporter and National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Sky News based in Canberra.

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