Pete Russell's Blog – June 2010 Archive (23)

Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains

This is a thorough report that seems to be quite unbiased around the local and mainstream food options (although I have only read the summary so far). You can read the summary here and the full report here. (full report may take some time to…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

What is Biodynamic Farming?



This little intro shows an example of a small farm that uses biodynamic principles. Until recently I was fairly ignorant of biodynamics. Having attended a weekend course lately I was able to experience the method directly.



To me it seems like a benign technique and from what I can tell works wonders. There is however contention among farmers as to the validity of biodynamics because it doesn't directly subscribe to modern science. Rudolf…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

The Changing Politics of Food: Remaking "Tradition" - Harriet Friedmann



This essay by Harriet Friedmann has had the most clarifying and profound effect on my understanding of the global food challenge that we face today.…



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Added by Pete Russell on June 22, 2010 at 12:12am — 1 Comment

Farmers markets grow up, take off

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Added by Pete Russell on June 21, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Biodynamic compost bed - a step by step guide



This weekend I participated in a wonderful Biodynamic workshop under the leadership of Peter Proctor and Rachel Pomeroy (in blue with cream beanie). We learned an incredible amount in a very short span of time. Here is a photo documentary of the steps we took to build this fabulous compost bed.…



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Added by Pete Russell on June 21, 2010 at 8:42am — 5 Comments

We have more food per person than ever in history

Growth in food production has been greater than population growth. Food per person has increased during the 1961-2005 period. The y-axis is percent of 1999-2001 average food production per capita. Data source: World Resources Institute. Wikipedia
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This is not really surprising when you think about it,…
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Added by Pete Russell on June 18, 2010 at 4:06pm — 14 Comments

Just for the beauty of it.

Food has some kind of deep attraction doesn't it? This image is by Dwight Eschilman.

Added by Pete Russell on June 18, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Manresa Restaurant



I want a restaurant like this in my neighbourhood! This is genius. Edible dirt. What a…
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Added by Pete Russell on June 17, 2010 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

What is the opposite of deforestation?

We've all heard about deforestation, where we turn forests into pasture land and eventually into deserts.



Introducing dedesertification. Turning deserts back into forests.



This is a well known permaculture method which has been proven by…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 17, 2010 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Peter Proctor 'Live' this weekend in Ellerslie.



The One man, the Grandfather of Biodynamics, the eminent Peter Proctor will be in Ellerslie this Friday evening and all day Saturday conducting a talk and workshop not to be missed.



Come and learn from Peter along with Rachel Pomeroy about the miracles of cow dung, vortex stirring, lunar influences and the rhythms…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 16, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

One Man, One Cow, One Planet - Special Screening at Ooooby-versity this Thursday evening

From the creators of 'This Way of Life', we are very privileged to be given the opportunity to screen One Man, One Cow, One Planet at this weeks Ooooby-versity session.



This Thursday 6.30pm - Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn.…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 14, 2010 at 10:52pm — No Comments

The Ooooby Stall is Growing!!



It was so exciting to see the Ooooby Stall today. It has grown from 1 table of food and 1 table of garden supplies to 3 tables of local food and 1 table of garden supplies. And it's winter!…



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Added by Pete Russell on June 14, 2010 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

Local food for Auckland City Mission



At the end of the day Christy delivers any unsold perishables from the Ooooby Stall to the Auckland City Mission where it is turned into wholesome soups and salads.…



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Added by Pete Russell on June 13, 2010 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

Big Friendly Giants



Are we ready to let go of the money focused way of life yet?


Can we see yet how these corporate games concentrate our capability to access food into the control of a very small minority of egos who are dizzily sick with greed?


I am very aware that it is always easy to point blame onto others. It provides a gratifying sense of righteousness doesn't it?


Well, I have to admit…
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Added by Pete Russell on June 13, 2010 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Tesco is no champion of the poor

I rarely see journalism that stirs me to stand and raise my fist in accordance. This scathing piece from Alex Renton in the Guardian so eloquently describes the impacts corporate machines have on the lives of the people they claim to 'serve'. Nice one Alex. And thank you Rob…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 12, 2010 at 12:03am — No Comments

Food Importers or Food Imposters?

When trusted food brands resort to lying about the origins of their food, it becomes quite apparent that the market is showing a clear preference for 'local'.



Primo Smallgoods, a very well known and trusted food brand, in Australia has been exposed by…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2010 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

Do you live in the ‘world’s healthiest place’?

OK all you Kiwis, The Independent news from the UK has put New Zealand on the list of the 5 healthiest places to live on the planet. One of the reasons for this apparently is the 'locavore diet' that we share with the other 4 winners.…



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Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2010 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Is ecological agriculture productive?

In a previous blog A Green Tea with Rob Hopkins we discussed a report which addressed the ability to feed the current population in a pre-industrialised manner using the existing land available. In a nutshell, at least for the Totnes region, the prospects were not positive.



Since…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2010 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Greenaid-Seedbomb Vending for Greener Cities!

This is a great initiative that I came across recently. You can back this project by donating money. Take a squizz at the video and more info here. I wonder if we could get anyone down under doing something…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 5, 2010 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Truck Farm

These guys are a wonderful inspiration!

Growing food is soooo much fun when it's done right. Thank you Jo for spotting this.

Check out their site and watch their little film…

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Added by Pete Russell on June 3, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments

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