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Here’s why we are not taking climate actions.

Pride we can feel in our responses to Monday’s devastating earthquake in north Canterbury. It is gratifying to know that we can handle such catastrophe with efficiency and compassion with the earthquake ambulance being at the bottom of the cliff. If we could, would we…

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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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Up the creek in a barb wire canoe

So today is the day that our government signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). There is nothing special about this signing which is simply a part of the process of bringing the agreement to our parliament for ratification. All countries will follow the same…

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Worrying!

For those that doubt the impact that man has on our climate, this video puts our CO2 emissions in to perspective.

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A biomimiced comeuppance?

Biomimicry. The word trills off the tongue and seems to offer a means to solving some of the many problems besetting society at the moment. A new science but an ancient practice, biomimicry aims to study nature’s ways and then replicate them for inclusion in…

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Societal benefits of public investment

On the 4th August, our public electricity network turns 128 years old. Over that timespan, our forebears developed an asset base on which our prosperity and wellbeing is based. Last week’s headlines shouting out “Chorus victorious in Commerce Commission copper pricing decision”, denies the lessons of the…

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Transparently corrupt behaviour

“Transparently corrupt behaviour.” That was how one commentator described the process by which so-called “fast track” legislation passed with a slim majority through the US Senate last month. This was after the same legislation was blocked just weeks earlier by the same legislators. The relevance of their…

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