Tag Archives | Food & Farming

The Dutch Ban Free-Range Chooks

While in the US, the Prime Minister announced that Australia is joining the new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (IPAPI). On 16th September he said, The partnership will bring together concerned states to limit the spread of a pandemic. Every necessary step will be taken to promote international cooperation aimed at joint preventive […]

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Grape Glut

The front page of today’s Australian Financial Review (AFR) included the headline ‘Grape glut crushes winemakers profits’. A record harvest of 1.92 million tonnes! It seems amazing given the recent drought. When I started working on Murray River issues in mid-2003, Prof Peter Cullen and other environmental scientists were telling farmers they should move from […]

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Quolls for Sale Instead of Cats?

I have been in Melbourne over the weekend. I had the most magnificent meal of Kangaroo Saturday night over-looking the Yarra River. The choice of dish was perhaps influenced by the book I am reading. Michael Archer (Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of NSW) and Bob Beale (journalist) in ‘Going Native’write: […]

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Organics Use Less Energy?

My recent writings on GM food crops, including in The Land newspaper last Thursday, have resulted in some emails suggesting that I am wrong and that organics, rather than GM, really are the answer. I received an email with a link to a paper titled ‘Organic farming stands the test of time’ by David Suzuki […]

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On Jared Diamond and Environmental Law

I had mentioned that I was reviewing Chapter 13 of Jared Diamond’s not so new book ‘Collapse’. There have been some offline requests for copies of the review which has now been published by British Journal Energy and Environment. The chapter can be downloaded from the IPA website at, http://www.ipa.org.au/publications/publisting_detail.asp?pubid=443 . I recently also completed […]

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Uranium Mining, but Not Croc Hunting

The NT government has conceded the Federal government has ultimate power of approval over new uranium mines – making the NT ban on new mines ineffective. And according to today’s Financial Review, this concession could result in new uranium exports of $12 billion with strong demand for uranium coming from China, Europe and Russia. While […]

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Whales, Dugongs & The Blue Pool

The Indigenous community in south-east Queensland is divided over dugong hunting. According to ABC Online today, Three Indigenous groups in north Queensland have agreed to stop traditional hunting for dugongs. The landmark agreement has been welcomed by Butchulla elder, Marie Wilkinson, who says her people have wanted a similar arrangement on the Fraser Coast for […]

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Eating Whales (Part 2)

Whalers in Norway, Iceland and Greenland have called Australia’s attempts to ban commercial whaling “ridiculous”, according to a report on ABC Online. Federal Environment Minister Senator Ian Campbell is lobbying in Europe and the Pacific to get an international ban on whaling. But the whalers are suggesting that Australia’s environmental record and opposition to the […]

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Eating Whales

I lived in Africa from 1985 to 1992 and I worked for a period in Kenya with a fellow who grew up along the shores of Lake Victoria. The first time David saw the ocean was when we traveled together from Nairobi to Mombassa and then on to Malindi doing field survey work. To commemorate […]

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