“Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Fresh The Movie

“We pay three times for our food: at the register, with our health care, and via agricultural subsidies. ” FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food. Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.


“We pay three times for our food:
at the register, with our
health care, and
via agricultural subsidies”
– Michael Pollan, Fresh The Movie

In Fresh You’ll Discover

  • How to eat healthy on a budget
  • How to improve your purchase decisions
  • Strategies for growing your own food on less land and
  • The real cost of producing conventional foods

“This film is a must-watch! It will help you understand where your food comes from,
the dangers of conventional agriculture and shows you how to
choose local, healthy and sustainable options.”

– James Colquhoun – Producer, ‘Food Matters’

About The Film

FRESH is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH celebrates the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm and consumer access to it. Encouraging individuals to take matters into their own hands, FRESH is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste, and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.

Throughout the film, we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives happening around the country right now. At the Growing Power urban farm in Milwaukee, Will Allen is turning three acres of industrial wasteland into a mecca of nutrition for his neighborhood. In Kansas City, we witness David Ball revitalize his community, turning the modern concept of the Supermarket on its head by stocking his stores with produce from a cooperative of local farmers. And, we journey to Joel Salatin’s farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to witness his methods for closing the nutrient cycle, allowing cows, chickens, pigs and natural grasses to flourish and produce without ever an ounce of chemical fertilizer or industrial animal feed.

FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH
represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food.

“While “Food, Inc.” raised awareness about the consequences of consolidation, “Fresh” advances the argument by talking about solutions.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.

John and Linda Ballis

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Green School in Indonesia

This is an example of people working together to combine their environmental responsibilities with education in a way that sets an example of the way we need to educate our children in a future where growing food becomes more localised and community driven.

Green School in Bali, Indonesia is giving its students a relevant, holistic and green education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet.

Green School’s Founder, John Hardy was asked to speak at TED about Green School, receiving a standing ovation.

Continue reading “Green School in Indonesia”

Home – The Movie

“Home the movie is a fascinating look into how we as humans are upsetting the delicate balance on Earth. What I love about this film is how eloquently it shows that our food habits are one of the leading contributors to this problem, which also inadvertently shows that there is something that we can do about it! As David Wolfe mentions in ‘Food Matters‘ “the main way in which we interact with the planet is through agriculture”. This offers much hope in that if we change our food habits we not only can improve our health but also the health of the planet. What could be more satisfying? Continue reading “Home – The Movie”

Think Globally, Eat Locally – Have Fun and Save the Planet

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally.

Now it is more important than ever to eat locally and shop your local farmer’s market and small grocery store.

I came across this article recently that is saying the same things that the Transition Town movement is saying worldwide. Interestingly our local Transition Town group, Em2Gem, covering the areas of Emerald through to Gembrook in Victoria is also running a campaign currently called Live Local – Eat Local following on from our previous campaign of Live Local, Shop Local.

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesn’t contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun. Continue reading “Think Globally, Eat Locally – Have Fun and Save the Planet”

After peak oil: Will America survive?

Most members of the public still don’t understand energy very well, and they generally have no idea whether alternative energy sources like solar, wind or CSP (see below) can replace oil. Many people are concerned about a potential collapse of modern society due to the end of cheap oil.

As public awareness about peak oil continues to grow, and even the big oil companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. are now starting to admit that the future supply of oil looks troublesome (see this Boston Globe article), there’s an increasing focus on renewable energy solutions. But most members of the public still don’t understand energy very well, and they generally have no idea whether alternative energy sources like solar, wind or CSP (see below) can replace oil. Many people are concerned about a potential collapse of modern society due to the end of cheap oil. So to help answer some of these questions, I’ve put together a set of uncensored, science-based answers about oil, renewable energy and the future of modern civilization. This is offered in a Q&A format. Continue reading “After peak oil: Will America survive?”

10-10-10 International Day of Climate Action in Emerald, Australia

On Sunday 10/10/2010 I attended a tree planting with Johns Hill Landcare Group and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus) in planting 350 trees at Pepi”s Land in Emerald, Victoria, Australia. This event was part of the 350.org National Day of Action and was mirrored by other people all over the world.

On Sunday 10/10/2010 I attended a tree planting with Johns Hill Landcare 350 trees planted, Emerald, VIC AustraliaGroup and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus) in planting 350 trees at Pepi”s Land in Emerald, Victoria, Australia. This event was part of the 350.org National Day of Action and was mirrored by other people all over the world.

Following on from the educational “350 day” in 2009 this year’s “Global work party” called for “real, tangible work” in 2010. It was heartening to see so many people unite, from all over the globe, and rise to the challenge and give their day to send a message to their political leaders that, people all over the world are speaking out for the environment. Continue reading “10-10-10 International Day of Climate Action in Emerald, Australia”

Hazelwood National Day of Protest

As part of an effort to balance the environment section of my wheel yesterday I attended a rally, outside James Merlinos office in Belgrave as part of the July 17th National Day of Action calling for the shut down and replacing of Hazelwood Power Station in Latrobe Valley

Hazelwood Sit inAs part of an effort to balance the environment section of my wheel yesterday I attended  a rally, outside James Merlinos office in Belgrave as part of the July 17th National Day of Action calling for the shut down and replacing of Hazelwood Power Station in Latrobe Valley.

Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station and one of the worst in the world and around 40 people gathered outside the office of Victorian ALP Cabinet member James Merlino’s in Belgrave. Many of these people belong to local environmental groups, DRREA and EMFSUS that I am part of but there were many new faces as well. Continue reading “Hazelwood National Day of Protest”

Coal Power Stations

Surveys by the Australia Institute of Greenhouse Gas Emissions show that Australia has the highest Greenhouse Gas emissions per person in the industrialized world, with Victorians being the worst.

Due to its population, Australia is only the seventh highest of the biggest polluting nations in total, but this is little comfort as it is higher than many other countries with larger populations.  All countries share the responsibility for reducing their greenhouse pollution that affects the whole earth.

Brown coal is the dominant source of electricity in Victoria, and it is also the most greenhouse polluting way to generate electricity. It is this use of brown coal that largely contributes to making Victoria one of the most polluting energy systems in the world. Continue reading “Coal Power Stations”

Transition Town philosophy in Donvale

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

Domestic blitz

ANNABEL ROSS

May 2, 2010

Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the  home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other  things they need.
Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other things they need. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

SAM McGrath’s rented Donvale property buzzes with agricultural activity. Jap pumpkins spring from a vine trailing the front verandah. The concreted backyard is bordered with every kind of fruit tree from loquats to peaches, and at the rear a huge shed houses four chickens and two ducks. Two big wooden boxes in the centre of the yard act as compost bins, and vegetables and herbs grow in abundance. Continue reading “Transition Town philosophy in Donvale”

Future Sparks comes to Emerald

On Saturday 10th April 2010 the inspirational new “Future Sparks” trailer came to Emerald where a number of different community groups and members of the local community competed to see who could produce the most amount of power using their own energy.

Linda Ballis and Peter Cook from DRREA compete on Future Sparks trailer
Linda Ballis and Peter Cook from DRREA compete on Future Sparks trailer

On Saturday 10th April 2010 the inspirational new “Future Sparks” trailer came to Emerald where a number of different community groups and members of the local community competed to see who could produce the most amount of power using their own energy.

Continue reading “Future Sparks comes to Emerald”

Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission

Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010
Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010

BY ELISA MILLER

18 Jan, 2010 08:50 AM

PRESERVING the environment and improving sustainability

is not a job for one – but a responsibility for all.

It’s this notion that drove the creation two years ago of the Emerald for Sustainability Group, which aims to empower residents to improve how they live, and the environment in which they live. Continue reading “Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission”

100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle

There are so many great ways to contribute to a healthy planet. Some steps are larger than others; some are quick and some eco-friendly ideas take substantial planning. We’ll eventually talk about all these ideas at length but just to get you thinking here are 100 various ideas that can help your family go green.

  1. Buy less stuff.
  2. Change incandescent light globes to energy efficient ones.
  3. Visit the library instead of buying books.
  4. Borrow from DVD stores instead of buying DVDs.
  5. Buy in bulk – but not if you end up wasting food – it defeats the whole purpose of being sustainable.
  6. Grow herbs in an egg carton, or another recycled container.
  7. Start a compost bin for kitchen scraps & garden waste (no dairy, meat or fish scraps).
  8. Hand children’s clothes onto family or friends with younger children.
  9. Eat vegetarian – start with one meal per week.  Expand your cooking skills by visiting the library and borrow a vegetarian cookbook – you’ll be surprised at the variety of meals on offer. Continue reading “100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle”

Healing or Stealing

A speech by Paul Hawken given earlier this year as a Commencement Day Address to Class of 2009 students at University of Portland

“When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” No pressure there.

Let’s begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation… but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts, lots of room in coach, and really good food—but all that is changing. Continue reading “Healing or Stealing”

How the Wheel of Life can help you

More and more people you meet have an indefinite feeling of unease, that their lives might be unbalanced, that maybe they should change something. However they are not sure exactly what to do.

There doesn’t really seem to be a pattern as to who feels it, but there is a sense that things are not right. It is difficult to put ones finger on exactly what is not right, and people are not sure how to make the feeling go away. Continue reading “How the Wheel of Life can help you”