Posted on September 11, 2012 by Sustainability @ Wodonga TAFE
In 1825 Jean Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his magnum opus, The Physiology of Taste, that “the destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed.”
Assuming that to be so, you may well be interested in examining two documents that have the potential to alter the direction our ‘food focus’ takes in the foreseeable future.
The National Food Plan (NFP) describes the framework Government strategy to meet the burgeoning demand for food production. The NFP suggests that globally, the demand for food will have increased 77% by 2050 over today’s food production levels. This document then goes on to explore the anticipated role Australia should have in exporting food (sometimes said to be the equivalent of exporting water concentrate).
If you are interested and can put aside the time, then visit the National Food Plan at the link provided below.
In the interest of an alternate approach and debate, Gene Ethics have developed their ‘People’s Food Plan (PFP) – a democratic counterpoint to the NFP.’ This document can be read here
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Posted on February 9, 2011 by Sustainability @ Wodonga TAFE
Rainwater tanks offer us great advantages – they store water for us and they save us money by reducing the amount of potable water we buy. Rainwater tanks also offer advantages to the environment, particularly in urban areas.
Before our urban areas were developed rainwater seeped into the soil and was cleaned by soil organisms while slowly making its way to the stream. As our urban areas grow rainwater increasingly falls on solid and potentially polluted roofs, roads, car parks and footpaths. Rainwater can now only rush through the nearest drainage system and into our urban streams. This rush of water results in what are known as “flashy” flows that cause rapid rises and falls in water level, flooding, bank and bed erosion, vegetation and habitat losses and damage to infrastructure and homes. These impacts are not only costly for our environment, but also for our economic system.
Limiting these impacts and costs is relatively easy and may even be good for your physical fitness. How? Keep your rainwater tank opaque! A rainwater tank that is full is considered “transparent” with respect to its capacity to limit flashy flows in urban streams, but a rainwater tank that is “opaque” can store some of the rainfall and limit flashy flows. By plumbing your rainwater tank to the toilet and/or washing machine or if you bucket your rainwater to the toilet cistern and/or washing machine you can help your pocket and environment (as well as your physical fitness if you choose the bucket method).
Relying on keeping your rainwater tank opaque by using it only to water your garden will undoubtedly fail. When don’t you water the garden and take water from your rainwater tank? When it’s raining!
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