Economic growth and climate change

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I’m sure none of this will even cross the minds of J Hockey and T Abbott.

Originally posted on Climate, People & Organizations:

With the coming G20 talks about to kick off in Brisbane, the focus of the agenda centres on economic growth as the panacea for all our troubles. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have been adamant in their focus upon the need to increase economic growth globally. It’s rare, if not impossible to find anyone in the mainstream public debate who questions the wisdom of ever-increasing economic growth. And yet there is a major underlying problem in our collective worship and addiction to growth – climate change.

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Broadly Speaking, It’ll Do

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Sounds JUST like our place! It’ll do. :)
Breaking away from the perception of perfect food is a hard one. Home grown tomatoes look different to the supermarket ones (and taste and smell different (better) too) and homegrown carrots are never as straight as the ones in the ships. However, does the straightness of a carrot affect its taste or just its packageability? They fit better in those plastic bags if they are all a certain size.

Originally posted on Union Homestead:

Self sufficiency is our ultimate dream but we’re not stupid; we know it’s an impossible one.  

There’s no way the Homestead, in this location and this guise, can ever be totally self sufficient.  There will always be the need for a weekly grocery shop, a monthly electricity bill to pay, and there’s no way we could ever grow all our own animal feed. What we can do is put systems and practices in place that limit our reliance on others; be they people, organisations or the planets resources as a whole. It all sounds very grand and egocentric but really it’s pretty basic when you boil it down.

It starts with growing some of your own food.  The scary thing is that gardening is an art steeped in rules of good practice and right ways to do things. There’s the proper planting times and seed depths, full sun verses semi…

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Babies abound

A few weeks back a certain white fluffy derrière of Miss Dandelion the chicken decided to plant itself in a nesting box. When I realised she was clucky but also being bullied off her next (of infertile eggs) I realised I had to do 2 things. Firstly, move the funny fluff-bag to a place where the bullies couldn’t get to her and secondly, source some fertile eggs. :) Continue reading