Category Archive: Sustainability

The First Day Of Crematoria

The first koel of summer has called, the first mosquito has bitten and the first dust storm has sprinkled Brisbane red ochre. While I’m out there watering, counting every drop as it falls… Continue reading

Sustainable House Day 2008

‘Bellis’, Brisbane’s sustainable house and garden, will be part of the 7th annual Sustainable House Day. ‘Bellis’ will be open on Sunday 14th September only. With a gentle nudge from ‘Bellis’, budding Solar… Continue reading

Agrochemical Farming – A System In Crisis

John Vidal reports that “Fertiliser prices have mostly doubled and in some cases risen by 500% in 15 months as US farmers have rushed to plant more biofuel crop”… ”There have been fertiliser… Continue reading

Families Dig For Dinner As Oil Crisis Hits

Here’s a range of news items related to the cascading effects of rising oil prices around the world: Degraded land, unsustainable agriculture and unaffordable fuel prices are devastating ordinary people in Lesotho, a… Continue reading

Sustainability Messages From The USA Salmonella Outbreak

Small is good for your health, especially where locally grown and consumed food is concerned. Why? It minimises the scale and spread of disease. The latest Salmonella outbreak in the USA has important… Continue reading

Any Suggestions For Reducing Our Larder’s Ecological Footprint?

We’re looking for simple suggestions as to how we could further reduce our larder’s ecological footprint, reducing food miles and making our place more sustainable. The cost of food is intimately linked to… Continue reading

Open Letter To The Climate Change Minister: How Effective Carbon Sequestration Offers A Healthy Economy

An organically farmed Australia could naturally sequester almost 70% of national Greenhouse Gas emissions. The amount of CO2 sequestered is based on achievements through current low-till, sustainable farming practices. “This is not a theoretical estimate… Continue reading

Using Every Drop More Than Once

The last thing we want is for any water to go down the drain. By mid-morning today, heavy showers filled our 21,000 litre rainwater tank. It’s starting to overflow into our network of… Continue reading

Native Bee Day

On Saturday I became the proud owner of a hive of native stingless bees, Trigona carbonaria. Damo had done some web-searching and found that Tim Heard, a CSIRO entomologist and native bee specialist,… Continue reading

Food Rationing Starts In The USA

Our federal government’s latest response to the world food crisis echoes that of its predecessor. Sadly, Australia will suffer. The world food crisis is happening because the bulk of the global food supply… Continue reading

Real Carbon Capture And Sequestration

While Australian governments state and federal, past and present, throw vast amounts of money at unproven ‘clean coal’ technology they are ignoring a proven method of pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and… Continue reading

Level 6 Watering Restrictions

The Queensland government, and the Water Commission in particular, continue as the state’s arch water wasters… People who grow food at home are not exempt from watering restrictions. Some of us do this… Continue reading

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