“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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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”

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”

Womens Work and Tending the Hearth

In our modern world the term “women’s work” is not looked upon as being a valuable career choice. Doing all the domestic chores that have historically been associated with women such as cooking, cleaning the home and raising children has become something that is no longer respected for the valuable job that it is.

Whenever a person feels obliged to perform only certain kinds of work in a society, there is a need to break free from that work in order feel like you have personal power. However, if you choose to do “women’s work” because that is what you enjoy and you can see the value in it, there is nothing degrading about it. There is a great power to it, and it can be truly meaningful and fulfilling because, after all, the home is the foundation of security for all who live in it. The importance of tending the hearth that nurtures all who live in the home cannot be overstated. Continue reading “Womens Work and Tending the Hearth”

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”

How do I keep balance in my life?

How do I achieve Life Balance?

This is one of the most often questions that we get asked. How do I achieve life balance and keep everything running smoothly when the universe appears to conspire with day to day life to make everything as difficult as possible?

One of the most important things to do is to look after yourself first and concentrate on all the little things. If you concentrate on doing little things, one at a time you will find that all the little things add up to become one big whole and your life is becoming more balanced without you even realising it.

Continue reading “How do I keep balance in my life?”

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”