Do you want to find a place where you can freely discuss the paleo diet and lifestyle with other like-minded people, then try one of the following discussion forums:
This commodification of food by industrial agriculture has created a chasm between the grower and the consumer. But now there’s a change. People want to close that gap in.
– Costa Georgiadis
How will the world feed itself in the future?
Is it possible to grow a fair and sustainable food system?
This film shows an experiment in how to create that change with promising solutions.
In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cocoa plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.
Sydney filmmaker Simon Cunich went on a 12-month journey from community gardens in Sydney to farming co-operatives in Venezuela.
This documentary has a wonderful positive message. It stands there right next to the now classic Power of Community.
“Changing the world, one garden at a time”
– Kim Glasgow
Permablitz started in April 2006 with a collaboration between permaculture students and a South American community group in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, many more permablitzs have been held and it has gained an international reputation as a successful tool for fast-tracking the suburbs towards sustainability.
A permablitz is an informal gathering involving a day on which a group of people come together to transform backyards into productive, edible gardens at someone’s home. Permablitzs require you to help out at three or more other blitzes before having one at your own home.
The network runs on reciprocity and each blitz always includes a permaculture design.
“Permablitz is a social enterprise committed to improving the sustainability of our cities and suburbs. We use a sustainable design system called permaculture to help communities move away from denial and dependent consumerism to engagement and responsible production. Our core focus is helping people sustainably grow food where they live, building healthy communities in the process. Rather than depressing people with the bad news, we empower them with the good news – that solutions are at hand – and get on with having fun rolling them out” – Dan Palmer.
“Our ultimate aim is to make the suburbs edible enough such that should food become unaffordable, we don’t even notice.”
It’s great to see a simple idea such as Permablitz is gaining momentum and growing throughout Australia.
- Permablitz ACT (Canberra)
- Permablitz Brisbane
- Permablitz Melbourne
- Permablitz Perth
- Permablitz Sydney
The internet has been invaluable for finding information about growing edibles. Many times a simple google search will provide the answers needed. There are a number of forums you can join to discuss your gardening successes and issues:
I tend not to talk about food online – just print off recipes and ogle the illustrations. I have way too many recipes in my “to cook one day” folder. I do like these food communities:
Do you know of any others?
Here’s a round up of some of the better documentary films which deal with food and diet that I’ve seen in the last couple of years:
|Future of Food– A scary film about the dominance of certain companies trying to monopolise food supply and the dangers of genetic modification. See also the Future of Food website. Sadly the GM ban was recently lifted in Australia – so please be wary of any products containing canola, cotton, cotton seed oil, corn and soybeans.|
|King Corn – A documentary about two friends who grew an acre of corn over a year. They then follow its path into the food chain and into their hair! Corn feed cattle feedlots are disgusting.|
|Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days: An amazing story of a handful of courageous diabetics who go raw for 30 days. Some of them reduce their insulin dependence and lose weight, and others drop out from the sheer difficulty in sticking to the diet. But it’s pretty inspiring, nevertheless. There is an accompanying website called Raw for 30 Days.|
|Super Size Me – A popular film featuring Morgan Spurluck, who documents his health while eating McDonald’s for 30 days. Maccas was forced to change their menus after it’s release, and withdraw its super-sized fries and drinks.|
|Food Matters – A panel of experts talk about the important role that diet does play in the prevention and reversal of many diseases.|