End of Food – Paul Roberts

This is a long Video – a lecture by Paul Roberts on his End of Food book. And its eminently watch-able.

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Car Pooling through Facebook

FaceReviews: Facebook News, Application Reviews and Social Networks

I was excited to see this new facebook carpool application. Carpooling is not what you might think. People carpool to and from work together, for road trips, to see the family, and lot’s of different occasions. Carpooling is actually gaining in popularity as a way to conserve energy. I like that when I offer a ride it shows in my mini-feed, this lets my network know about it easily.

Zim Ride

Zimride | A Carpool Community

Zimride is an easy, money saving, and dynamic ride-sharing solution. Now carpooling is fun and reliable.

Since launching in 2007, Zimride’s ride-share solutions have served over 300,000 global users. What began as an experiment in sustainability on the east and west coast has quickly evolved into the world’s leading social online ride-sharing company. We currently work with companies, universities, bands, and municipalities around the globe. Our goal is to use social technology to maximize the efficiency of our transportation system and to reshape the way we think about transportation.

Our ride-sharing community is based on simple and intuitive software, which combines Google Maps, familiar social networking components, and our proprietary ride-matching algorithm. We hope that you will come on board with us as we expand the carpooling community and build a more sustainable transportation system. Get started now, and post your ride!

Malbourne – Ecocity

S2G3Ecocity < FMPlan < Future Melbourne Wiki

An eco-city reduces its ecological footprint to fit within the boundaries of one planet. In an eco-city, people and organisations adapt to a changing climate and gladly act to build a sustainable future.

As an eco-city, Melbourne has a healthy environment with a high quality of life and a growing economy. We will develop and use technology to preserve resources to ensure the city is sustainable now and in the future. Melbourne will achieve zero net emissions, manage climate change risks and lead the way in sustainable water management.

An eco-city is compact, with a high density of housing, business and cultural uses that sustain an effective public transport system, and walking and cycling above car use. With excellent air quality and generous public open space and landscaping, biodiversity is supported and people enjoy the benefits of health and happiness. City infrastructure and buildings generate and use renewable energy and feed into the metropolitan electricity grid. Food is grown locally and creatively, using horizontal and vertical spaces on buildings and in private and public gardens.

Social Innovation Examples

Image from Fitted for work site

I am keen to make and publicise a list of ‘social Innovation’ case studies located in Melbourne Australia.

These may be projects/ companies/ ventures/ initiatives/ and other such collectives formed for social good – with or without a profit motive.

Can you give me examples to add to my list? I have a list here which I am keen to add to …

  1. Lentil As Anything
  2. Clothing Exchange
  3. Fitted for Work
  4. Melbourne Community Farmers Market
  5. Flexicar car share
  6. PTUA
  7. Greenline Organic Direct
  8. Waverly Patch
  9. Victorian Quilters
  10. Victorian Feltmakers
  11. Tiffins
  12. Sustainable Living Foundation
  13. 100 Mile Cafe
  14. Nappie Wash
  15. Meals on Wheels
  16. (Shopping bus for elderly)
  17. Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  18. Moroccan soup bar
  19. Get up
  20. CERES – Mushroom, and Bike shed
  21. Amway
  22. Tupperware
  23. Group Self Build – (Build your own home)
  24. Westwyk
  25. Shifting Space
  26. Dulaiwurrong Eco Village Eltham
  27. Community Gardens (VEIL Map)
  28. (Communes)
  29. Salvation Army
  30. Informal Sector ( Wind Screen washing)
  31. Toy Library
  32. The Ethical Consumer Group
I am also looking for examples of:
  1. Artists Collectives
  2. Health Collectives
  3. Community Gardens
  4. Seeds Collectives
  5. Aged Care

Or to use the categories of ‘creative communities’ – I would like to add examples from each of these categories.

  1. Housing
  2. Working
  3. Socialising
  4. Learning
  5. Commuting
  6. Eating

If you know of any interesting examples I could add to this list – do add it below as a comment or email me.

Ross Lovegrove: The power and beauty of organic design (video) Video

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How OLD is what you buy in the freshfood section of Supermarkets?

Very old – 10 months Old!!

the organic food blog » Before it Gets to Your Fridge

article in the Sydney Morning Herald which has reported that the Sydney Postharvest Laboratory tested supermarket apples and found them to be up to 10 months old!

The test used Australia’s major supermarkets Woolworth’s and Coles; Analysis showed the Woolworths samples were about 10 months old while the Coles product had spent 9 months in storage since being harvested. The apples are pumped with a ripening hormone and coated in wax to give a nice appearance. What is the point of buying an apple like this, surely all the nutrition has left it?

The supermarkets say that they do it because consumers want apples all year round. But would customers buy this produce if they knew how old it was and what had been done to preserve it? I reckon they would definitely go for an alternative, something that is in season now.