• Sustainable agriculture and the culture of control

    Anthony Waugh     |      September 1, 2013

    Traditional agriculture is dominated by a need to control natural systems. Anthony Waugh explains how sustainable agriculture aims to let go of this mindset of control and works with natural systems to encourage diversity and increase the resilience and fertility of the land.

  • Global food security – play to the rescue

    Jonathan Marshall     |      August 29, 2013

    Crop losses due to plant pests and diseases have a huge impact on global food security. Jonathan Marshall from Bondi Labs introduces the Plant Doctor Game, an educational video game that trains local agricultural workers in developing countries to diagnose destructive crop health damage.

  • Grow it Local

    Jess Miller     |      August 28, 2013

    There is a noticeable shift towards sustainable food production as part of a local real food movement. Jess Miller from Grow it Local talks about her campaign that encourages people to connect with their local community and become urban farmers.

  • On the death of farming as we know it

    Emmanuel Giuffre     |      August 28, 2013

    The demand for animal products has increased dramatically in the last forty years, resulting in a rise of multinational corporations dominating the global meat and dairy trade. Emmanuel Giuffre, Legal Counsel for the animal protection institute Voiceless, argues that the suffering of animals in intensive meat production systems needs to stop.

  • Ensure food security now and in the future

    Deirdre Lemerle     |      August 26, 2013

    Food productivity in Australia has consistently increased since the early days of agricultural production. Weed scientist Professor Deirdre Lemerle says there is still potential for sustainable growth.

  • Australia’s first Fair Food Week

    Nick Rose     |      August 16, 2013

    Where is the food without the farmer? In Australia’s first Fair Food Week, Nick Rose, National Coordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and Director of the Food Connect Foundation, urges all Australians to question their values underpinning food and agriculture.

  • The world food crisis

    Kevin Parton     |      August 12, 2013

    Not only Australia is affected by rising food prices. Professor Kevin Parton from the Institute for Land, Water and Society describes causes and effects of the current situation and offers solutions to a global problem.

  • Australian cattle and sheep farmers on target for sustainability success

    Elise Vale     |      August 8, 2013

    Target 100 is an initiative that aims to deliver sustainable cattle and sheep farming in Australia. Elise Vale, coordinator of the program, wants to engage more people into a conversation about how our food is produced.

  • The Australian cattle feedlot industry

    Dougal Gordon     |      August 6, 2013

    As consumers, we hardly ever spare a thought for the industry that produces a lot of the food ending on our plates. Striving for more transparency and understanding, Dougal Gordon, CEO of the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, explains why Australian farmers are some of the best in the world.

  • Why we should be concerned about food security

    Sarah Norgrove     |      July 31, 2013

    Australian food prices are going up and Asia’s food demand is increasing, while environmental and logistical risk factors are at play. Sarah Norgrove from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyses the challenges lying ahead.

  • Nature time important for inspiring future generations

    Debbie Agnew     |      July 26, 2013

    This Sunday is National Tree Day. Debbie Agnew from Planet Ark explains why in a society that spends less time outdoors and is increasingly time-poor, it is even more important to incorporate nature time into your life.

  • Get your hands dirty to help the planet

    Open Forum     |      July 21, 2013

    28 July is National Tree Day, Australia’s biggest community tree-planting and nature care event. All Australians are asked to plant and care for native trees and shrubs to help improve the environment. National Tree Day was co-founded by Olivia Newton-John and Planet Ark in 1996. Since then more than 2.8 million people have planted over 17 million native trees and shrubs.