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Small is beautiful – a taste of organics in northern Italy

Small is beautiful – a taste of organics in northern Italy by Adam Willson The last two weeks has been an inspiring period as we have spent valuable time getting to know quality organic producers in Northern Italy. So often farmers are bombarded with the phrase “get big or get out” but have we really...

Post Paris – COP21

- how can Australia take action on climate change The recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris has left Australia highly castigated for not doing enough. Despite the international back slapping over coming to an agreement that global temperatures should not exceed 2 degrees celsius, there is a chronic shortage of detail on what to...

Nutritional Supplements – have we forgotten to eat complete food?

Almost everyday we hear from friends and family about the latest supplements they are taking. Whether it be vitamin & mineral, energy enhancing, low carbohydrate, liver detoxifying or high protein supplements, there is now marketing hype to prod you to follow the crowd. On top of the advertising is a plethora of advice given to...

Better circulation means less nitrates

Better circulation means less nitrates Sewerage, manures and nitrogen fertilisers lead to excessive levels of nitrates in our water supplies. Deficiencies in trace elements also stimulates excessive nitrate levels in our vegetables and fruit leading to a common bitter flavour. In children this can result in “Blue Baby syndrome”. Blood circulation is a serious problem...

Prosper or Perish – our urgent need for a sovereign wealth fund

The crisis has hit & there is no rabbit in the hat. No one can escape the current crisis that is facing the federal government. Everyone has put their hand out for a slice of the budget. The National Disability Insurance Scheme, Schools, Health and Universities all want additional funding. This is in addition to...

Why your organic fruits and vegetables rot

It’s an issue that keeps reappearing I went to an organic retailer recently and purchased a punnet of bio-dynamic blueberries. I was excited because they looked beautiful, were plump and obviously were full of beneficial antioxidants. I took them home and immediately put them in the fridge at 3 degrees Celsius. A few days later...

Organic weed control

Weed management in organic pastures is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers today. Whether it be hay, broadacre livestock or dairy production, the decision to invest time or money into strategies can significantly turn your business around. Here are some thoughts on how to approach this challenge during difficult financial times that may have...

Controlling weeds in broadacre and vegetable crops

Controlling weeds in broadacre and vegetable crops requires the manager to consider a number of important decisions. In organic farming, many of these decisions are proactive in nature – what you implement today has a big bearing on what happens in the weeks and months ahead. You don´t have the luxury of pulling out a...

Strategies for orchards and vineyards

Weed control in organic orchards and vineyards is one of the most important management practices carried out by the farmer. Depending on the strategy and climatic region, it sets the foundation for yield potential and quality of fruit to be produced. Failure to get on top of weeds leads to significant yield losses of up...