The rise & rise of Australian food snobbery

February 7th, 2014

In relation to the SPC cannery, someone recently tweeted, in summary: Canned food is old-fashioned SPC needs to modernise (and produce more relevant products, which people will want to buy) The only people who buy tinned food are the ‘price sensitive’.  (The implication being, tinned food buyers are either peasants or bogans, or both.) Unsurprisingly, […]

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Printed newspapers about to vanish & online quality not as good

October 2nd, 2013

We all take for granted daily news brought to us by trained, experienced journalists & filtered by editors. Where do radio stations get their news from? Newspapers. Where do online bloggers etc get their facts & ideas from? Newspapers. Where do many television stations get their news leads from? Newspapers. Apart from the ABC’s 4-Corners […]

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“Farmers On Film” Augmented Reality Postcards

March 25th, 2013

Staffordshire University ran a student/farmer grant-funded project prior to the 2012 London Olympics to help consumers find out about who had grown their food and how it was produced.  This ‘Farmers on Film’ project was based on special ‘augmented reality’ postcards produced by the University of Derby (Buxton).  Cambridge University is behind a lot of […]

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Monocultures vs mixed farming (cropping plus livestock)

March 6th, 2013

A well written quote appeared in yesterday’s Townsville Bulletin Newspaper ‘Youth in Print’ section: “Monoculture is virtually the opposite of biodiversity.  Monocultures occur where a single species is grown – usually for commercial purposes – such as sugar cane or pine forests.  Soil decline with subsequent commercial yield reduction is associated with monocultural systems and […]

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Farmer & grazier advertising industry stereotypes

November 21st, 2012

The Weekly Times newspaper is running a Poll gauging opinion on whether the latest dairy farmer bogan-stereotype Devondale ads should be ditched. Unfortunately over the years farmers of all kinds have been portrayed by the Australian advertising industry as straw-chewing hicksvilleans.  It’s invariably a reflection of the lack of education (on the practical front), intelligence […]

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Foreign ownership of Australian rural land

September 10th, 2012

Anyone with an interest in the foreign ownership debate may like to visit Monica Attard’s article on The Hoopla called ‘Quick Facts. Selling the farm?’ and put their two bob’s worth in by adding a comment. Unfortunately there seems to be next-to-no discussion on whether foreign land ownership is good for Australian farms in a […]

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The Dark side of the Mining Industry – and Kevin Foley

August 15th, 2012

Mining – in particular the proposed expansion of South Australia’s Olympic Uranium Mine, turning it into the world’s largest mine – is something all Australians should sit up, take notice of and voice their opinion on. Guest interviewer Ian Henschke, on ABC radio Adelaide,  interviewed Paul Cleary, author of ‘Mine-field‘ – the ‘dark side of […]

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Townsville Biosecurity Lab – scrapped

July 26th, 2012

The risk of catastrophic quarantine breaches in northern Australia is far greater than ever before. This is directly due to increasing numbers of illegal arrivals by boat (not all of whom call for Navy Taxis) and the steady depopulation of Cape York Peninsula (pastoral families leaving due to increasing areas of National Parks and indigenous-owned […]

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‘I’m farming and I grow it’ YouTube video

July 1st, 2012

The creators of the ‘I’m farming and I grow it’ YouTube video, the three Peterson brothers, were interviewed on Fox News two days ago.  They’re modest as well as talented. Not even a week after ‘I’m farming and I grow it’ was put on YouTube, and more than 2.3 million people have viewed it.     […]

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Queensland Election – the reasons why

March 26th, 2012

If Australia doesn’t get a send-us-broke carbon tax due to a Federal ALP rethink, then NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas, SA, WA & NT business owners & employees & households & investors can thank Queensland. Odd that the Qld Labor party put the defeat down largely to the ‘poor explanation’ regarding the privatisation of publicly owned assets, […]

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