Farmgate Milk Prices Drop Shows Cracks in Globalism

The two biggest players in the Australian/New Zealand dairy industries co-op giants Murry Goulburn and Fonterra recently decided to drop farmgate milk prices by almost a dollar per kg. This price drop comes as a consequence of weak dairy prices worldwide due to an oversupply in the market either due to stockpiling and/or over production.

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This Article’s About Growing Food – Not Politics…

Introduction I know this save money by growing your own food subject has been covered ad nauseam over the past two decades; however, I have never written about the subject and mixed it with politics and today with the squeeze on peoples incomes all around the world becoming alarming I think both subjects could mix

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Are We Heading Back to the Protest Era?

Here I go getting political again… Protest movements around the world are rising like a phoenix song from the sixties. The times they are a changing – I can feel it too. Recently, groups like Occupy LA http://occupylosangeles.org/ have been camping out and “occupying” locations around Los Angeles associated with the wealthy, big corporations and stock

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Hen Gathering

Chicken Vs Goanna Vs Mortgage

I have a black hen who loves to come and visit me. She's a smart girl and definitely the smartest chicken out of all my hens and I say this because she's the only one (out of 15) that deliberately finds a way under my temporary fencing only to navigate 60 metres up to the

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Follow The Frog & Happy Birthday

Frog reminiscing When I was a kid visiting my uncle Ernie out on his farm, frogs were everywhere to be found; and 9 out of 10 times, a big fat green frog could be located within the elbow joint at the top of a rainwater tank where the pipe met the guttering. Frogs are such

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Sea Princess Cruise Ship Holiday Review

Updated on 4th Dec 2017 A review of a cruise ship, namely the Sea Princess, is a tad unusual for a self-sufficiency blog… I admit that – but, this is no ordinary self-sufficiency blog. And, since a large readership of our website are nature lovers, retirees, people approaching retirement from the workforce, and also people

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Top 10 myths why supermarkets are good – busted!

Often the construction of a new supermarket in an area is perceived to be a sign of progress and opportunity but this is not always the case, in fact, a new retail giant in an area can mean pure evil and the death of a community as we know it.  Supermarkets are handy for the

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Paul Howes Attack on Small Farming Businesses Labelled Pathetic by Me

Paul Howes, the Australian Workers Union National Secretary, trade union heavy weight, probable future leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), and therefore possibly a PM of Australia one day, in a recent interview has essentially rubbished small farming businesses as worthless and advised “Ma and Pa” farmers to give up and make way for

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Supermarket Self Service Checkout Scanner Scam

One of the biggest scams to hit modern society is the introduction of self-service checkouts at our major retail supermarkets. Supermarkets would rather pay theft and shoplifting costs than wages and that’s the bottom line! Today, I lined up behind one of only two manned checkouts (out of about 20) at my local Woolworths supermarket;

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Organic Certification Too Ridged Says Judge

Do we need to question the relevance of organic certification? A court case in Western Australia where an organic farmer sued his GM neighbour farmer for contaminating his crop and subsequently losing his organic status has ended in favour of the GM grower. The contamination of the organic farm/crop was not in question and was

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Cost of Living Pressures Causing One Term Governments

Incumbent governments worldwide are under increasing threat of becoming one term wonders due to the desperation and anger of struggling families trying to meet their ever rising household bills. People are venting their frustration at the ballot box and this in turn is making the overall situation worse economically due to the instability constantly changing

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