Category: General

Artichokes

Artichokes

The artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is also known as the Globe Artichoke, but shouldn’t be confused with the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) or the Chinese artichoke (Stachys affinis). This Mediterranean native is an edible flower variety of the thistle species within the Asteraceae family, which includes composite flowers such as sunflowers. Prior to cultivation, the ancestor and wild, natural occurring variety of the artichoke, the cardoon, was used by ancient Greeks […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Borsak-Ulem Theorem simplified

A mathematical theorem proves that at any given moment on the surface of the earth, there exists at least one pair of points that have the exact same pressure and temperature. Borsak-Ulem Theorem defines antipodal points as specific points on a sphere that are located in exactly opposite directions from the centre of the sphere, or situated on diametrical end points along the sphere’s diameter. “If you place a piece […]

Read More >
1 Comment

Swiss Voters Back Energy Strategy Referendum

Swiss Voters Back Energy Strategy Referendum

Swiss voters are backing their government’s plan to eliminate the use of nuclear power plants, and replace them with renewable energy. Switzerland is not the first European country to cease the use of nuclear energy. The urgency of the matter was partially provoked by the 2011 Japanese Fukushima tragedy, leading Austria to remove all nuclear power plants and induce Germany to implement their elimination of nuclear power plants plan by […]

Read More >
0 Comment

The Attraction of a Low-Bills Lifestyle

Rising electricity prices and more frequent power outages throughout Australia are leading more homeowners to embrace the low bills lifestyle – a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly way of living that coincides perfectly with the ethics of permaculture. “A greener lifestyle is about having a less expensive lifestyle,” said Kylie Ahern, a Sydney resident who is currently blogging about her home’s transformation as she renovates with the goal of living off-grid. “I […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Rak Tamachat: Reaching out with humans and nature

On Sunday May 7th, permaculture practitioners the world over could be seen marking the 8th International Permaculture Day (1), a celebration which began in Australia but which this year had hundreds of events in 35 different countries listed on the official ‘International Permaculture Day’ website (1), with probably as many small-scale celebrations happening worldwide as people showed their appreciation for permaculture in their lives in their own special way. Of […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Finding a Sustainable Cup of Coffee

Australians consume about 16.3 million cups of coffee per day – but while this morning ritual offers plenty of health benefits and cultural significance, it comes at a price. Grown in some of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions, coffee farms can dramatically impact the environment. Tropical forests are often cleared to allow these farms to develop, but there are some cultivation practices producers can use to support impressive forest […]

Read More >
6 Comments

Tasty Tomatillos

With fossil records dating back 52 million years ago in Patagonia, Argentina, the tomatillo (genus Physalis) is one historical fruit. This member of the Solanaceae family, which consists of all nightshades including tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, peppers, and eggplants, was cultivated by the Aztecs and has been a staple food for areas in and south of Mexico. This tangy little summer annual, resembles a tomato, but stands out because it wears […]

Read More >
2 Comments

Making the Switch to a Zero Waste Lifestyle

Our landfills are overflowing with plastic, thanks to an annual production of more than 45 million tonnes of polyethylene around the world. It’s time to take some steps to reduce the amount of plastic we’re using – and many people have embraced a more environmentally friendly zero waste lifestyle. “The term zero waste seems incredibly daunting and pretty much improbable, but it’s easily attainable,” said Audrey Holmes, a San Diego […]

Read More >
5 Comments

Charismatic Cauliflower

two beautiful cauliflowers

Brassica oleracea, the cool season crop cousin of the cabbage is completely captivating, and is commonly called cauliflower. Say that five times fast! That may get complicated, but the cauliflower would understand that. That’s because this member of the Brassicaceae family (mustard family) along with kale, cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli rabe, is known for being a temperamental grower. Complexities of Cultivating Cauliflower If you decide to plant cauliflower, and I […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Five Tips To Avoid Falling Victim To Greenwashing

Vector blurred nature background with eco barcode label of Organic Farm Fresh Food.

With a certified organic industry worth close to $2 billion, demand for Australian organic products is continuing to outweigh supply – at home and abroad. However, greenwashing from companies claiming to be ecofriendly means that many consumers aren’t getting the organic products they’re expecting. In Australia, companies aren’t required to be certified before labeling products as “organic” – leaving the door open for corporations to include words like “sustainable,” “natural,” […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Los Cedros Under Threat – Film

Friends, the Los Cedros Biological Reserve is under serious threat. The Rainforest Information Centre, with funding from the Australian Government’s development assistance bureau, helped establish the Los Cedros Biological Reservein Ecuador in 1988. We have continued to support reserve director Jose Decoux throughout the intervening 30 years, and as a result, Los Cedros is the last remaining well-forested watershed in Western Ecuador. Geoff Lawton Speaks about the Importance of Los […]

Read More >
14 Comments