Food miles

July 15, 2012

For The True Impact Of The Carbon Price Go To…

CSIRO-AECOM research (Australian Energy Market Commission) shows the impact on households is likely to be smaller than anticipated – the carbon pollution price adding perhaps 0.6 per cent to inflation in 2012-13 – reports Monique Decortis of the Victorian Climate […]
July 4, 2012

Community Engagement Declining? Rebuild Local Communities..

A few days ago I heard MP Andrew Leigh, author of a book called ‘Disconnected‘, talking on the radio about community engagement here declining. The discussion tweaked my interest. Some Key Points After crunching data from membership records and surveys, […]
July 1, 2012

Cooperatives, Energy & Sustainability Symposium – Sydney

2012 as well as being the UN International Year of Cooperatives is also the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. In light of this, the Cooperatives Research Group of the University of Sydney is holding a Symposium – […]
June 29, 2012

Want To Contribute To A Blueprint For Australian Agriculture?

Twitter has just led me to the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture which aims to bring together all those with an interest in, or involvement with, agriculture to help shape its future direction – farmers, transporters, retailers, consultants, rural businesses, agribusinesses, […]
June 11, 2012

Progress Is More Than Economic Growth – Look To Communities

The Fairfax Herald/Age Wellbeing Index indicates that despite ‘temporary stumbles and confusing contradictory trends’ there is solid evidence for optimism about our future as there has been 2% ‘good growth’ in the value of Australia’s human capital. The Index Findings […]
June 6, 2012

Supermarkets, Food Security And ‘Doing SOMEthing’

Our powerful supermarkets and their ‘be big, be cheap’ thinking is pushing food production into remote areas. Craig Pearson from the Sustainable Society Institute at Melbourne Uni writes that we need urban agriculture as well as bulk farming in remote […]
May 15, 2012

Sustainable Tourism Opportunity With A ‘No’ To Wasting Food

Jo Bumbak, from Carnarvon, WA, hates waste. For years Jo, mother of three, watched tonnes of fruit and vegetables left to rot. Apparently 40-60% of a crop can go this way if it is ‘imperfect’ – although perfectly edible – […]
May 15, 2012

Food Security – How Much Do China And Qatar Own Here?

Many Australians, including PWF readers, are concerned about foreign ownership of land and food businesses. National Farmers’ Federation Wants National Register Jock Laurie, NFF President, says it is now NFF policy to push for a mandatory national register that lists […]
May 13, 2012

Supermarket Price Wars…Bullying…To What End?

FoodMagazine writes about our food companies being too scared to speak up at the Senate Inquiry into anti-competitive practices by our major supermarkets, stating that while these giants have more than 70% of market share, suppliers have little option but […]
April 18, 2012

Urban Farms, Yale And Monash, Landshare..

Melbourne’s Monash University has allowed a group of students, headed by 23 year old arts-science student Ali Majokah, to use an empty paddock which they will turn into a community market garden. The students will need to prove they can […]
April 16, 2012

‘Awakening The Dreamer’ In Bayswater (Vic) 12 May 2012

Jane and Neil Monk are once again running their Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums – at Glen Park in Bayswater (Vic). They are thinking global citizens and they support the purpose of the Awakening the Dream, Changing the Dream Symposium. Find […]
March 19, 2012

A Zoo, A Harbourside Cafe, A Seafood Sustainability First

Taronga Park Zoo’s Harbourview Cafe is the first restaurant in Australia to become certified under the MSC’s (Marine Stewardship Council’s) seafood sustainability certification program. Look For The MSC Blue Ecolable The Harbourview Cafe won the privilege of bearing the MSC’s […]