Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Marty McCarthy, ABC Rural | June 30, 2015 Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? That was the topic of the Great Debate at the Ausveg 2015 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Organic produce might be gaining popularity, but it still only accounts for less than 1 per cent of Australia’s horticulture production. Nonetheless, in a time when consumers are demanding to know more about how their food is produced and the chemicals …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.” She herself wrote the forward and she said the book substantiated her concerns that genetically engineered foods were dangerous. “We’re poisoning the land, we’re poisoning animals, and I truly believe we’re poisoning ourselves,” Goodall said. She pointed to superbugs that have become resistant to pesticides, weeds resistant to herbicides, and isolated animal studies in Europe and Australia where she said rats and pigs suffered from a variety of …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… Australia”. It does not. It is a dying industry reliant on a resource that must be left in the ground if we want to maintain a liveable planet. But politics can move painfully slowly. On this issue Parliament House is stuck in slow-motion, while the rest of Australia is charging ahead. There are thousands of people working as solar installers; farmers are including renewable energy on the balance sheet by getting a stable income from wind turbines; communities are coming together against …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

A MAJOR property rights group is calling on Queensland political parties to ensure rural land owners are “not disadvantaged” due to the resource industry or resource infrastructure. Property Rights Australia has called on politicians to commit the simple, straight forward principle. PRA chairman Dale Stiller said landowners should not be subsidising mining, coal seam gas projects and associated infrastructure. “This is exactly what is happening when negative impacts on …

Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health : Goats and Soda : NPR

When I asked climate change expert Tony McMichael back in March how he thought the world would deal with climate change, he said, “It’s likely to be an extraordinary century and we’re going to have to have our wits about us to get through it.” But the legions of scientists he inspired will have to go on without him. McMichael died in September in his native Australia from complications of pneumonia, leaving behind the fledgling field he founded — determining the health …