A 16-plot, all abilities access, community garden built by the Beaufort Blokes group in Victoria, Australia. by Carolyn Payne Beaufort Blokes is a community group supported by the local health department. They meet twice a month — one week they have lunch and play cards and board games, the other week they take a bus… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Health & Disease
by Richard Widows We are in the early stages of a global food crisis, the likes of which has never previously been seen. Nearly 1 billion people (or 1 in 7) experience chronic hunger and another 1 billion are faced with serious nutritional deficiencies. Meanwhile, reports suggest that nearly 2 billion people are overweight. Combine… Read more »
Are genetically modified (GM) foods making you sick – I mean really sick? Up until recently, all that we could say was thank goodness you’re not a lab rat; GM feed messes them up big time. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) appear to trigger the immune systems of both mice and rats as if they were… Read more »
Milking a cow in central Europe Photo © Craig Mackintosh (Other photos below: Salah Hammad) Raw milk! Yes raw milk! For me, it was a first time! I grew up loving milk and milk products, but also grew up afraid of raw milk. We’ve always been taught that milk needs to be boiled. In University… Read more »
National Food Plan, Green Paper 3.75mb PDF The Australian federal government has issued a green paper on a National Food Plan for public consultation, which will include a series of public meetings in various places over the next several weeks, until September 30, 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for permaculturists, localvores, agro-ecologists, etc., to… Read more »
Kay Baxter All photographs © Craig Mackintosh The more I learn about living simply, about permaculture design, about seeds and gardening, about food, nutrition, animals and about health and the regeneration of our soils and our own DNA, and about epigenetics, the more I realise our challenge is all about "stepping back into that circle… Read more »
Kay Baxter with seed from an old barley variety Photo © Craig Mackintosh As a life long gardener and permaculture garden designer, I have never seen a design for a food garden that actually takes into account the fats, minerals and vitamins human beings need for optimum health, according to science and history. One of… Read more »
Images copyright Cam Wilson 2012 Who would have thought we could follow McDonalds’ business model to get our kids to eat healthy food?
In this short animated clip, USC Canada shares the sad realities behind the food industry. Another alarming call for the urgency to radically change the way we perceive food consumption. Further reading/watching: Supermarket Secrets Chemical Based Farming Systems Robbing Us of Nutrients The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture The Story of Soil
Back in 2009, Wikileaks released some diplomatic cables from the U.S. which revealed a list of priority countries for ‘GMO outreach’. Peru was amongst those on the hit list. Well, now it seems Peru has opted out….
by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating… Read more »
Pharmaceutical companies have been raiding nature’s larder for years and isolating ingredients to make high cost, patented, chemical drugs to cure our ails. My friend Florence who is 99 tells me that there is a plant for every ailment and James Wong agrees. An ethno-botanist and gardener, James Wong explains, in the videos below, how… Read more »