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RoundUp Ready Kids?

It’s in each of 14 German beers tested. Which may be why it was in the urine of half the participants of a German test group. It’s found in Californian wines, even those made with organic grapes. But that’s not why it’s found in the breast milk of…

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Climate actions growing in Franklin

Did Nero fiddle while Rome burned? Or is that expression nothing more than a popular legend? Whichever, that saying today describes leaders who do too little for the masses in times of crisis. The crises we face today are many with the most significant being…

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A Sheeple I will not be

So far in this series on sustainable farming, I have explored food foresting and small plot intensive (SPIN) urban farming as means to grow the nutritious, pesticide-free foods that we deserve. However, when considered alongside community food gardens and home vegetable plots, there remains a…

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A different model of sustainable agriculture

Over the last two weeks, I have explored the sustainability of our industrialised, chemical-based food supply systems and found it to be lacking. So how do we go about building a more sustainable food system to feed the world? As some wag once said, the…

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No room for buts in organics growing

I’d love to agree with you BUT… responded a reader to last week’s article “Going organic makes for sustainable farming” He lives in a rural area and sees cabbage growers spraying their cropping area with pre-emergent weed sprays and then not ever having to do any weeding….

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Organics makes for sustainable farming

Considered by many as an inefficient means to producing food, organic agriculture has a contentious history. Those contentions ought be dispelled by two pieces of published scientific research. A 30-year study conducted by the Rodale Institute concluded that organic farms outperform conventional farms in seven ways. They found organic…

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Six Figure Incomes and Urban Farming

Around the world, food systems are going through a transformation. From large-scale, industrialised farms using chemical fertilisers and pesticides growing mono-culture crops. To small scale and urban farms using natural systems to produce a range of crops. There are three drivers to this transformation: threats…

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Food forests aid community resilience

As a demonstration and learning facility, the Franklin Food Forest is coming along nicely. Monthly working bees are ensuring that the planned development work is continuing and maintenance needs are being met with the weekly friends gatherings. One of the impacts of food foresting is an improvement…

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TPPA sacrifices

Wide spread and vocal opposition from grass roots campaigners both here and around the world will likely come to nought this week. People have spoken. Trade unions have hollered. Health professionals have warned. Environmentalists have rung alarm bells. Academics have published their quietly argued points….

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The answer lies in the soil

“Ashes to ashes” The phrase has been used as song titles by musicians including David Bowie, as film titles including the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses, and as book titles. Most will know it best from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer burial service. To me, it is…

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