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Thursday 30 Dec 2010

8.30AM
Eat Here, Now with Northey Street City Farm

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Standard vegetable offerings in shops often hark back to English settlement and a temperate climate. Reduce food miles. Find out about easy-to-grow sub-tropical vegetables, not often seen but prolific at Northey Street City Farm where permaculture is practised.

10.00AM
Mining our Food! With Drew Hutton, Rob McCreath

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Thousands of hectares of prime farming land and precious underground water systems are to be sacrificed for an open cut coal mine on the Darling Downs and Alpha also for Coal Seam Gas extraction in Surat Basin. Drew Hutton and Rob McCreath discuss the environmental and social implications of this most unsustainable industry.

11.00AM
Food Chain Pro-action with Dr Dick Copeman, Robert Pekin, and Julie Shelton and Chair Susie Chapman.

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The local food movement is building broad momentum: with positive impacts on the environment also supporting local growers socially and economically.

12.30PM
From Paddock to Plate for Health with Dr Maarten Stapper

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In this presentation Dr Maarten Stapper demonstrates how biological agriculture leads to higher nutrient content of food and higher biodiversity on farms with greatly reduced impact on catchment environments. This process can achieve a doubling of the organic carbon content of the soil, and, if practised Australia-wide, could capture most CO2 released in the country and slow climate change.

1.30PM
Linking Reason with Passion with Prof Ian Lowe

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Ian Lowe believes we must be applying science to environmental campaigns. In his latest publication Voice of Reason - reflections on Australia Ian makes a plea for logic rather than fear-mongering - promoting change based on common sense.

2.30PM
Soil Carbon and Soil Health with Dr Ram Dalal, Ray O'Grady, Dr Maartin Stapper and Chair Susie Chapman

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Increasing soil carbon can be the solution to many land management problems. Putting carbon back in the soil can increase productivity and fertility also decrease the impacts on global warming. Dr Ram Dalal, Dr Maartin Stapper and Ray O'Grady discuss how to turn carbon loss into carbon gain.

4.00PM-5.00PM
Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Electricity Plan with Patrick Hearps

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Can Australia reach 100% renewable energy in ten years? Patrick Hearps presents the cutting-edge ‘Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan' put together by Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne Energy Institute - a detailed and costed blueprint for transitioning Australia's stationary energy (electricity) sector to 100% renewable energy, using technology that is available NOW off the shelf.

 

 
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