Feral Photo Competition
Do you have a great photo of one of Australia’s pest animals or the damage they cause? We are looking for the best original photographs of pest animals in Australia, their impacts, and control or monitoring activities. Colour, black & white or sepia-tone photos, remote camera photos, funny photos and panoramic photos will all be accepted. Our finalists will be featured in a special 2012 Feral Photos competition calendar!
Australians Supporting Beef Farmers
Australians Supporting Beef Farmers‘ primary aim is to provide cattle farmers and supporters ONE PLACE to unite and the resources to be able to quickly respond to any attacks on our industry and our livelihoods. They are currenty calling for a lift to the ban on live export to save Australia’s beef farmers and have many up-date-articles available on the issue.
Ivy Inwood Award
Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) created the Ivy Inwood Award in memory of the late Ivy Inwood, who was a leader in the egg industry and passionate about her business of producing certified organic, free range eggs. The award looks to reward someone with the same passion and enthusiasm as Ivy, with an outstanding vision for the egg, poultry, organic or free-range industry. [Check out this year's nominees and have your vote]
America’s Farm Bill
Instead of wasting tens of billions of US taxpayer dollars each year on subsidies to absentee owners and the largest, most prosperous farmers growing a handful of industrial crops, the Environmental Working Group claims they need to redirect that money to support local and organic farming, real working farm families, open more farmer’s markets and introduce school kids to healthy eating. [Some interesting pictorials of
who gets the subsidies – more to do with cities than farms!]
Seedless Grapes Update
In response to last newsletter‘s story on seedless grapes a grape grower in America states: "Seedlessness per se in grapes is a natural (non GMO) trait that has existed for centuries. Seedlessness itself isn’t produced by chemicals – I have dozens of seedless grapes that have never been treated with anything in 30 years. However many seedless grapes have small berries naturally and commercial growers use chemicals to enlarge the berries to make them more saleable. Older methods (pre-chemical) were more labor intensive for commercial use. Breeders using traditional plant breeding methods are developing seedless grapes with large berries that don’t need treatment and the vines have sufficient disease resistance they can be grown with no chemical at all in the right conditions. There are already many good seedless grapes that home and small-scale growers can and do grow without chemicals." [Thanks Lon for clarifying this]
Radioactive Proofed Food?
Food grown biodynamically using Manure Concentrate/Cow Pat preparation results in crops free of radioactive contamination. This preparation was in development by Maria Thun from 1958 to 1972. In 1986, after the Chernobyl disaster, certain biodynamic farms using the preparation did not show radioactivity readings although neighboring conventional farms as well as biodynamic farms not using the preparations were showing radioactive contamination. [It is noted that mainstream science has not confirmed this, but
many might wish to investigate this effect for themselves]
Permaculture Pioneers is a just released book that charts a history of the first three decades of permaculture, through the personal stories of Australian permaculturists. From permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, to ABC Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, the authors span the generations and the continent.
Social Ecology, another just released book, covers an emerging metafield that addresses the burning question of how to apply ecological understanding to every aspect of our lives. It provides a holistic framework for change, based on the interrelationships between the personal, social, environmental and ‘spiritual’. It helps us to understand how we got here, and how to realise more sustainable futures, caring futures.
Professor Stuart B Hill who has been involved with both publications recently gave a presentation to the Blue Mountains Permaculture community on . [Some great
through-provoking ideas about sustainability, and human thought processes]
Hypocrisies of Extremisms
True, Monckton, a British mathematician, has made a fool of himself and trouble for his allies by accusing the Gillard Government’s global warming guru, Professor Ross Garnaut, of having “a fascist point of view”. His point was that Garnaut was telling Australians to simply trust the authorities—even when some of their key claims about man-made global warming had been proven false. But what of the hyperboles used by those on the other side of the debate?
Which is more important? Water or oil? Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. A controversial billion-dollar industry is heavily invested in extracting crude from tarry sands through a process so toxic it has become an international cause for concern. In a time when wars are fought over oil and a crisis looms over access to clean fresh water, which resource is more precious? And what price are we willing to pay?
Gas Hole is a documentary on the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels and what the oil companies don’t want you to know.
Battery Technology Breakthrough
A new battery design developed by researchers at MIT could transform the way electric vehicles and the power grid store and discharge energy. The new architecture suspends the active electrical components of a battery, such as positive and negative electrodes, as particles in a liquid. This black electric sludge, which resembles petroleum, has been dubbed "Cambridge crude" by its inventors. The new design, called a "semi-solid flow cell," could allow electric vehicles to refuel by pumping the used electric sludge out and replacing it with fully charged electric sludge.
Virtual Security Checks
Russia’s biggest retail bank is testing an A.T.M. with a built-in lie detector intended to prevent consumer credit fraud. Consumers with no previous relationship with the bank could talk to the machine to apply for a credit card, with no human intervention required on the bank’s end. The machine scans a passport, records fingerprints and takes a three-dimensional scan for facial recognition. And it uses voice-analysis software to help assess whether the person is truthfully answering questions that include “Are you employed?” and “At this moment, do you have any other outstanding loans?”
Americans don’t expect 100% safety from illness, car crashes, or even shark attacks. But the government’s obsession with 100% safety from terrorism is fueling the military-industrial complex. In fact, in terms of damage since 9/11, terror attacks have ranked above shark attacks but below just about anything else that could possibly be dangerous to Americans, including car crashes which have racked up between 33,800 and 43,500 deaths a year since 2001. (The opening paragraphs of the article feature a possible scenario, NOT an actual event.)
Volunteers are a vital and significant component of emergency management and community recovery. In times of need, they are always there. As part of the process of building a resilient community, the Southern Downs Regional Council in partnership with the Australian Red Cross will provide opportunity for training in natural disaster preparedness for community volunteers. Consisting of 4 half day sessions, the training will run over two weeks on a Tuesday and Thursday from July 12th 2011.
The Business of Farming
PrincipleFocus will be running The Business of Farming Course in Dubbo 25-29th July. This dynamic 4.5 day course has been specifically designed for farming businesses to identify and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in commercial agriculture today; learn to work with natural ecological processes to reduce costs and improve landscape productivity and create the time for regular holidays, family activities and personal development.
Connect with Alan Savory
Take this opportunity to connect with Allan Savory in Canberra. As well as his ground-breaking work on reversing global biodiversity loss and desertification, Allan was one of the first scientists to recognise that climate change stood as a major challenge and opportunity for people and the planet. This presentation will address global climate change and the role of agriculture as both cause and cure. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Canberra 31st July.
Advanced Course with Hugh Lovel
This course is for serious farmers, soil consultants and agricultural innovators. A portion of each day will be devoted to your questions and answers. Bring your soil tests, leaf samples, farm maps and farm challenges. Coffs Harbour 31st July – 6th August. [I have had wonderful reviews from those who have
attended previous courses]
Joel Salatin Workshops
Joel Salatin back in Australia in August for a whirlwind series of one-day workshops. If you missed him last time, now is your chance to get an overview of PolyFace Farm’s world-leading techniques in small-scale, beyond organic, regenerative agriculture. Jamberoo NSW 2nd August, Townsville Qld 4th August, Beerwah 5th August, Melbourne 6th August.
An integrated approach to broadscale landscape design and practice. Join Darren J. Doherty, the world’s most respected Keyline® practitioner at his hugely popular three day Keyline® Farming Course. Westmar Qld 8th – 10th August, Greenvale Qld 13th – 15th August.
Dowsing the Flows of Life
This weekend workshop, taught by 85 year old Wynella Delaney of Western Australia, offers experiences designed for the curious and playful at heart. The focus is primarily on explorations into the subtleties of the wholeness of ourselves, the land, the animals, plants, the world around us. We can learn to use methods of dowsing/radiesthesia for going “deep sea diving in the Universe” for exploring and bringing back special information for radionic balancings. Coonabarabran 12th – 14th August, 19th – 21st August; Warwick 26th – 28th August.
Eugenio Gras will be coming back to Australia in October for a FarmReady approved series of courses on biofertilizers and how to use your local microbes to enhance your farm’s productivity, organically. Mudgee 21st – 23rd October, Mareeba 25th – 27th October.
Following on from many years of working directly with Alan Savory, Kirk Gadzia is now regarded as a world-leading educator on holistic management in his own right and will be conducting these 3-day courses. Holistic Management is more than just well-planned grazing. It’s an approach to farming that ensures your whole enterprise is resilient and regenerative long term, for the health of your land, your family and your profits. Mudgee 1st – 3rd November, Greenvale 7th – 9th November.
I have heard of this, but did not really understand its role or significance until I chanced upon this wonderful article. Could enzymes, or the lack thereof, really be at the root of most body dysfunctions? This article tracks the history of hit and miss solutions, along with the role of enzymes – it certainly makes sense and I came across many ‘ah ha’ insights. I am particularly curious about it all with my 5yo and 5mth old requiring enzyme supplements to enhance their digestion…
The Mysteries of Consciousness
Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to consciousness itself, science falls curiously silent. There is nothing in physics, chemistry, biology, or any other science that can account for our having an interior world. In a strange way, scientists would be much happier if minds did not exist. Yet without minds there would be no science. [Who is ready for the paradigm shift?]
Motivation: Reward vs Punishment
The bigger the reward, the more motivated we are to excel. Right? Only up to a point. Once the task gets . Check out the unbelievable animation to see what does work. [Bring on the autonomy, engagement and mastery!]
Biofortification of Food
What are we using to fortify our foods? If you crush cereal that has been fortified with iron then put a magnet near the crushed cereal a black powder will be attracted to it….but as you can imagine this does not happen to natural foods with iron content! And then you have salt which is fortified with iodine or more specifically potassium iodate which bread is then fortified with the iodised salt. When this potassium iodate is imported into the country it comes in barrels with danger labels saying the following; “DANGER! STRONG OXIDIZER. CONTACT WITH OTHER MATERIAL MAY CAUSE FIRE. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED. CAUSES IRRITATION TO SKIN, EYES AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. MAY AFFECT CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, BLOOD, AND KIDNEYS.
Chorleywood Baking Process
Bread historians bemoan the day in 1961 when the Chorleywood Baking Process (CBP) was introduced. By juggling chemicals, flour types and adding three times as much yeast as had been used by bakers before, and then mixing at high speed, the scientists at Chorleywood Food Research Institute brought out a bread that was 40 per cent softer than previous loaves, and lasted twice as long. It may also have given birth to modern bread-related digestive illness, by introducing more yeasts to the gut flora that help us break down food.
Coconut Oil for Weight Reduction
A study has shown that dietary supplementation with coconut oil may result in a reduction in waist circumference and other benefits. This is a great example of how many common theories on nutrition can be seriously mistaken. Saturated fat has been wrongfully vilified as the cause of high cholesterol and heart disease for the last 60 years, when in fact the converse was true all along.
Not All Saturated Fats/Oils are Created the Same
The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal. The operative word here is "created", because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation. These unsaturated fats, artificially manipulated into saturated fats, are also called trans fats.
The Mass Poisoning of Humanity
As human beings, we’re the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves. As part of modern living, we create a wide variety of chemical toxins that go into the ecosystem through rivers and streams, the air, the soil and so on. Not only that, we actually synthesize toxic chemicals and then inject them directly into the food supply — knowing full well that they are poisonous and are major contributors to the epidemic rates of chronic disease we are experiencing today. [This is a serious, but reasonably humorous read]
Banning Cell Phones and WiFi from Schools
A Council of Europe committee examined evidence that the cell phones and wireless internet connections have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and decided that immediate action was required to protect children. They ruled that the technologies pose a health risk and should be banned from schools.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H L Mencken
What happened to natural human rights? This short video powerfully and why some laws were actually designed for business and trade, but have slowly come to be applied to natural humans. Quite thought provoking.
All events listed in these newsletters can also be found at Events on the website in date order.
* Volunteer Training – Warwick Qld 12th July 2011.
* Connect with Alan Savory – Canberra ACT 31st July 2011.
* Advanced Course with Hugh Lovel – Coffs Harbour NSW 31st July – 6th August 2011.
* Joel Salatin Workshop – Jamberoo NSW 2nd August 2011.
* Joel Salatin Workshop – Townsville Qld 4th August 2011.
* Joel Salatin Workshop – Beerwah Qld 5th August 2011.
* Joel Salatin Workshop – Melbourne Vic 6th August 2011.
* Keyline Farming – Westmar Qld 8th – 10th August 2011.
* Dowsing the Flows of Life – Coonabarabran NSW 12th – 14th August 2011.
* Keyline Farming – Greenvale Qld 13th – 15th August 2011.
* Dowsing the Flows of Life – Coonabarabran NSW 19th – 21st August 2011.
* Dowsing the Flows of Life – Warwick Qld 26th – 28th August 2011.
* BioFertile Farms – Mudgee NSW 21st – 23rd October 2011.
* BioFertile Farms – Mareeba Qld 25th – 27th October 2011.
* Holistic Management – Mudgee NSW 1st – 3rd November 2011.
* Holistic Management – Greenvale Qld 7th – 9th November 2011.
I became confused when I heard the word ‘service’ used with these agencies:
Pay TV ‘Service’
City, State & Public ‘Service’
This is not what I thought ‘Service’ meant.
Then I visited my uncle, he’s a farmer, he was talking about hiring a bull to ‘Service’ his cows.
Suddenly BAM!!! It all came clear. Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us!