CCWA Article – Being A True Local

“Think global, act local.”

It’s an environmental catch-cry that we’ve all heard, but is it really that important?

After attending an absolutely gob-smacking seminar last Friday night (review coming!), I can unequivocally report that ‘being a local’ is one of the most vital environmental steps we, as a society, can take. The speaker was Nicole Foss, a Peak Oil and Finance Analyst.

Nicole (aka Stoneleigh) delivered a pretty terrifying prognosis for the economic, environmental and social future of the planet. And what was the only glimmer of hope she gave for surviving a depression that will apparently be worse than the 1920s? Banding together as a community… becoming a true local.

What does it mean to be a true local?

In 2005 the Locavore Movement was founded in San Francisco. The movement focused on only buying products within a certain radius of your home – within, say, 100 miles. Buying local produce not only supports your local economy but also removes the massive footprint of imported food; you wouldn’t believe how far your ‘fresh’ fruit and vegetables sometimes travel before they arrive on your plate (more on that in a second!).

While local food choices are a really important step to take, there are also other aspects to a local lifestyle that should be considered.

To read the rest of the article please click here.

Em’s Weekly CCWA Blog

For those of you who aren’t on my facebook page or my twitter, you may not know about my latest gig. I am really excited to announce that every Wednesday I will be blogging for the Conservation Council of Western Australia on all things sustainable. If you have any particular topics that are of interest, please let me know so that I can maybe look into it!

This weeks post is all about the importance of organic food and how vital it is for a health body and a healthy planet.

Here is a snippet that I didn’t include – as it didn’t really relate to conservation – but  is pretty damn interesting. We are sending ourselves sick and crazy with conventionally grown food. This guy got it…

“Let thy food be thy medicine 

and thy medicine be thy food.”

~ Hippocrates, 460-377 B.C.

Your Health

Like everything, there are arguments and studies for and against organic food and how it relates  – if at all – to our health. But I feel that for all the science in the world there is also plain old common sense. This seems to also be the opinion of globally renowned food writer Michael Pollan who says;

 “The science might still be sketchy, but common sense tells me organic is better food. Better, anyway, than the kind grown with organophosphates, with antibiotics and growth hormones, with cadmium and lead and arsenic (the EPA permits the use of toxic waste in fertilisers), with sewage sludge and animal feed made from ground-up bits of other animals as well as their own manure”

Now more than ever, scientists are able to link the effect that chemicals in our food are creating in our bodies. Food allergies have gone through the roof as well as eczema and asthma. Behavioral problems such as ADD and hyperactivity have also been linked to chemicals in food

It has been suggested that the reasons children are particularly susceptible to the additives in food is because the recommended intakes are set at adult levels rather than child. I also find it interesting that cancer patients are recommended by doctors to eat only organic produce.

Organic food is grown naturally – as nature intended – and because of this has much more vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients and enzymes than produce farmed conventionally. I must admit – I thought the whole ‘organic’ movement was a bag of baloney… until I tried it. I couldn’t believe how quickly I felt and saw a difference. I don’t care how many studies you show me against it, I am literally going with my gut on this one.

Illustrations by Emily Ehlers

If you want to look into making the switch to organic living you can also see this blog post which gives tips even if you are on a budget.

Shark Culls in Western Australia Add Insult To Fatality

At risk or at peace?

The recent call to cull sharks off the Western Australian coast, to me, represents all that is wrong with humanity. It is a rash decision that has been motivated by fear, insult and misunderstanding… all the underpinnings of Continue reading