Posted by Administrator on May 23, 2021
The forthcoming UN Food Systems Summit 21 in July is the perfect and only opportunity for strong outcomes-driven policy on addressing the unsustainable issues around industrial scale animal agriculture on land and sea. Planned, creative, visionary, compassionate and immediate action is required to commence destocking of these billions of animals to help fast track and expedite adoption of alternative proteins, already gaining momentum, investment and acceptance. The next 10 years are critical in all this. There is no planet B and with agriculture being the main culprit in clearing of our forests, we have no time to waste. Governments too, around the world, must come on board with this. We need a global policy that cannot be ignored.
Posted by Administrator on January 28, 2021
Our oceans are in deep trouble. A new High Seas Treaty backed by all UN members is urgent, along with further mobile marine reserves. Ninety per cent of the world's fish stocks are fully-exploited and more than 3 billion people live near the ocean. Plant-based seafood provides an immediate solution, taking pressure off our oceans and a little further along, cultivated seafood as well, to transform the fishing industry into a nature-positive economy. We can use the very best of technology such as satellites, the latest in monitoring systems, even social media to track boat activity across the entire ocean to ensure High Seas Treaty compliance.
Posted by Administrator on December 15, 2020
Christmas can be celebrated while still caring about the earth. Plant-based options for the Festive season are discussed, alongwith recipes and product reviews.
Posted by Administrator on September 15, 2020
A shift is underway at a global level, through the farm sanctuary movement, which is strongly-linked with rewilding. Through this a new model for our food system is emerging embracing circular economy, compassion for non-human animals, a dynamic respect for nature and with it the potential for all of us to be enablers, working towards 50 percent rewilding of the planet, continued exponential growth in alternative proteins, a positive way to feed the world, and limitless economic opportunities. Definitely not 'business as usual'!
Posted by Administrator on July 3, 2020
Perhaps an outrageous proposition to many, but in light of growing risks to survival of life on earth, the potential for numerous pandemics, a looming protein shortage and a global population where 800 million people are malnourished, alongwith growth in diversity and acceptance of alternative proteins, the case for no abattoirs isn't so extreme after all!
It's That Vision Thing: Preventing Pandemics Means Immediate Dismantling of Industrial Animal Agriculture
Posted by Administrator on May 4, 2020
Addressing pandemics means treating the source and that includes immediate incentivized global dismantling of industrial animal agriculture, as well as banning wet markets. Covid19 will not be our last pandemic and it is alarming that zoonotic diseases are increasing. Rewilding everywhere as part of renewing economies post Covid19 is also a significant solution. All we need is a global mind reaching this important consensus. The evidence is there.We need to act.
Posted by Administrator on January 27, 2020
The ongoing bushfires in Australia this past Summer have been a turning point and a realization that urgent actions need to be put in place - specifically rewilding the driest inhabited continent on the planet. We need to drastically-reduce our reliance on animal agriculture/extensive agriculture. Rebranding as a Southern Hemisphere Plant Protein Supercluster as well as giving urban farming far more focus are some of the powerful alternatives discussed.
Posted by Administrator on December 30, 2019
At the cusp of entering a new decade, the urgency to put in place solutions for our planet and survival of life on earth is of paramount importance. Ongoing bushfires in Australia and the World Heritage Blue Mountains where I live, have demonstrated to the writer the incredible commitment, dedication and resilience of this community. We will emerge from this current crisis with greater resolve and far-reaching strategies.
Posted by Administrator on November 9, 2019
In a week where over 11,000 scientists reiterated we have a Climate Emergency and stressed 6 clear measures to adopt immediately and with urgency - no more global negotiations - there was also some good news, including Australia's main grid breaking through 50 per cent bench mark for renewable energy. The power of one is very powerful and there are many actions we can do on a daily basis to have huge economic benefits and change systemic problems. When it all seems so difficult, there are now also powerful global solutions being driven by organisations driving ecommerce circular shopping sytems as well as giving communities hope, education, stability and dignity. It's not such a 'bad news week' after all!
Posted by Administrator on October 12, 2019
We have 10 years or 3,000 days to put in place solutions to heal our planet and help our global community address climate change. Protein disruption by economics, as explained in Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, by RethinkX, a US-based Think Tank offers powerful solutions, particularly via precision fermentation and strengthening localization using new technologies while acknowledging artisanal production and with it, the collapse of industrial animal agriculture. The writer then considers implications for her community in the Blue Mountains Australia.
Posted by Administrator on September 16, 2019
The growing consumer demand for plant based proteins is now showing 1 in 3 Australians are reducing their meat consumption. As a producer of niche food products and pulses as well as being positioned so close to the Asia Pacific region, there is huge opportunity for the Australian economy, our farming community and environment to benefit from this trend.
Posted by Administrator on September 3, 2019
Many of us care deeply about the state of the planet and the contribution we can make at the grassroots, while influencing and encouraging start-up businesses with solutions, or engaging in advocacy, particularly around sustainable food solutions. Our individual Moral Compasses vary widely, but overall something deeper and more disturbing is happening in Australia: A great lack of overall vision or planning. There is an urgent need for a National Transitioning in Farming program so that everyone in the farming sector feels empowered and excited . Where is Australia's Moral Compass?
Posted by Administrator on August 24, 2019
We know that plastics are wreaking havoc in our oceans, but less known are the micro-plastics emitted from commonly available synthetic clothing when washed. The alternative is Slow Fashion - favouring natural fibres, seeking preloved clothing, supporting ethical clothing businesses and getting into the habit of mending and repairing, creating a unique style along the way - unfashion.
Posted by Administrator on August 16, 2019
In a world where just a dozen crops are prevalent, 5 types of animals are predominant in wasteful, cruel and unsustainable industrial animal agriculture, biodiversity and promotion of plant based foods have a considerable role to play as powerful solutions. The writer focuses on the humble chestnut, its history, and important contribution to the 21st century's sustainable food supply.
Posted by Administrator on July 28, 2019