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Think Global, Act Rural: MIFF Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 21st, 2011

24 July , 2011
12:00 amto11:00 pm
5 August , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
Source: Permablitz Designers Guild

“Alarm-raising and catastrophist films have been made, and they have served their purpose. Now the time has come to show that there are solutions, to give a voice to the farmers, philosophers and economists who are inventing and experimenting with new alternatives, while explaining why our society is mired in the current ecological, financial and political crises.” Coline Serreau

Going beyond merely denouncing an agricultural system that has been perverted by unreasonable growth imperatives, Coline Serreau invites us in “Think Global Act Rural” to discover new farming systems, successful production techniques which not only produce better yield, but also repair the damages and offer better life and health to the communities, while ensuring perennial food security. Coline Serreau travelled the world for over three years, armed with a handheld camera, to meet women and men in the field – thinkers and economists – who locally, successfully, are trying out solutions to mend our long ill-treated earth.

Pierre Rabhi, Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, the landless workers of Brazil, Kokopelli in India, Mr. Antoniets in Ukraine… Meet the resistance fighters in love with Earth.

In turn funny and touching, assertive and inspired, they are granted a speaking platform in Coline Serreau’s documentary. The series of unbelievably concordant interviews proves that there are options, that an alternative is possible. It is responding, with concrete elements, to the ecological challenges and, generally speaking, to the civilization crisis, we are currently going through.

Looking beyond the disastrous effects of agriculture’s mass commodification, Think Global, Act Rural investigates the way forward, profiling organic farming techniques that may offer hope for the future.

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Screenings:

  • July 24, 9pm
  • August 5, 6:30pm
Read more or make a booking for Think Global, Act Rural

How Australian Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lecture

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on August 25th, 2010

2 September , 2010
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
Melbourne School of Land and Environment: Professor Deli Chen on ‘How Australian agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions – the role of improved fertiliser and water efficiency’

The application of nitrogen fertiliser in agriculture is essential for world food production – about half of the world’s population would not survive without it.  Nitrogen fertiliser use in Australia has increased almost 30 fold since the 1960s. However, nitrogen fertiliser is not used efficiently and often more than 50% is lost to the environment. Agriculture in Australia is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gases, accounting for an estimated 16% of our total emission. Approximately 19% of the total is emitted as nitrous oxide mainly due to the use of nitrogen fertiliser.  In his inaugural Professorial Lecture, Deli Chen will outline the main reasons for the poor efficiency of fertiliser nitrogen use and discuss options for improving its efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Deli Chen is the discipline leader in Soil Water, Nutrients and Greenhouse Gases, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the Australia-China Centre on Water Resource Research.  Professor Chen has active international collaboration with scientists in China, the US and Europe, and has worked on several large projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research during the last 15 years.  He has also worked closely with industry including Incitec-Pivot and other fertiliser producers.

Professor Chen was recently awarded the JA Prescott Medal for excellence and achievement in the field of soil science by the Australian Society of Soil Science.

Thursday 2 September 2010, 5.30-6.30pm
Arts Education Building (Building 199), level 2, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, University of Melbourne, Parkville.

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Food Connect – A Collaboration Between Local Farmers and City Folk

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 20th, 2009

Food Connect is a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) enterprise based in Brisbane that distributes ecologically sustainable, affordable produce by collaborating directly with local farmers for a fair financial return helping the local region to be more food secure.

(Please note: A Community Shared Agriculture differs to a Community Supported Agriculture as the former is explicity a two-way relationship between farmer and consumer.) Their goal is to provide fresh, local, predominantly organic, affordable (their boxes are twenty per cent cheaper than the supermarkets), seasonal food with the best outcome for farmers, communities and the environment.
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Permablitz – Why not permaculture?

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 17th, 2009

Permablitz is a volunteer, grassroots-led social enterprise committed to improving the sustainability of cities by working with groups of people to create edible landscapes.

Permablitz started in April 2006 as a collaboration between permaculture students and a South American community group in the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and is now open to public participation. Permabliz is couched in the sustainable design system called ‘permaculture’, which considers ethics and design aspects while striving to decrease the distance between where food is produced and consumed and addressing and integrating water, energy, waste, shelter, community, local economy, governance issues.

The Permablitz model represents an informal, grassroots initiative that relies completely on the development of volunteer participation, social networks, shared understandings, trust and reciprocity. Since their inception, over over 40 permablitzes have been held, with many more distinct permablitz groups emerging to apply the initial model elsewhere.

For more information about permablitz visit

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems’ case studies by Ferne Edwards.

Joanne Hay, Sustainable Cities Round Table, Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Joanne Hay, Co-creator of the website, initiates a new approach to sustainable agriculture by sharing farm animals. She advocates the importance of localism and culture to attain holistic goals such as sustainability. Her talk is titled “Herdsharing for the Future“.

Herdshare 1

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