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Newsletter of the
Ecological Agriculture Australia Association

No. 23 | December, 2014
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  • From the President
  • China castigates Australia
  • David Pocock's protest
  • Professional Association
  • Consultancy
  • Growth is bad?
  • Climate Change reaction
  • Food+Family+Health
  • Photo winner profile
  • Xmas tidings
  • Your climate stories
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A feature packed December newsletter with stories potentially impacting you, your family, your farm and your health from across the globe and around Australia. 
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China castigates Australia over lack of finance for climate change

 

The following story was written before the change in government policy this week. We can now report the federal government has allocated $200 million to the Green Climate Fund which we applaud, but what we don’t applaud is the fact that the money will come from the overseas aid fund. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is never good policy particularly when ‘Peter’ happens to be disadvantaged people.

Here is the old message: Australia’s refusal to commit to the Green Climate Fund has drawn criticism from the Chinese.  The head of the Chinese delegation Su Wei said the $9.7 Billion committed to the GCF was only a small part of the $100 billion agreed to at Copenhagan to help poorer nations dealing with the impact of climate change and the use of technologies to reduce emissions. Details in the link:

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/china-castigates-australia-over-lack-of-climate-finance-74281
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David Pocock’s protest

 

 

Meanwhile, EAAA member and Bachelor of Ecological Agriculture student, not to mention ex-Wallaby Captain David Pocock, has expressed his anger at the full-steam-ahead attitude of the Abbott government on coal mining. It seems David’s calculation was quite simple: coal mining exacerbates carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and therefore coal mining should be phased out. Seems a reasonable formulae in which he was prepared to chain himself to machinery at a northern NSW colliery recently as an expression of his concern. I doubt that anyone reading this who is committed to an ecological paradigm could come to a different conclusion. Rather than sleeping on this conclusion David ‘lept into the abyss’ to demonstrate his frustrations with the narrow minded and stubborn position of the Federal Government. David’s explanation can be read at:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/david-pocock-says-trip-to-zimbabwe-motivated-him-to-take-part-in-maules-creek-protest-20141202-11ynrm.html

If leadership is about vision and a capacity to state your case, and stand your ground, then one can only admire the stance of David Pocock. David had choices. Having arrived at a conclusion about climate change and its causes he could do nothing or do something. It is reminiscent of the protests about the apartheid in South Africa when Australians took to the streets to protests about the visiting Springbok rugby tour of Australia, or about the Vietnam War and how many marched in protest and were arrested. There are many examples of situations where Australians have stepped outside the legal parameters to take action. It isn’t that those individuals were deliberately trying to flaunt the law for the sake of flaunting it, but that the principle was more significant than the existing law. This is how the world moves and how change happens. It takes courage, though, to step outside defined boundaries and to somewhat defiantly demonstrate that the world needs to move on.

The theoretical foundation stone to ethical behaviour comes from Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. Kohlberg determined that ethics existed at three major levels: Level 1 – looking after one’s own interest (Example: Man Haron Monis comes to mind); Level 2- conforming to society’s rules; and, Level 3 – abiding by one’s higher principles that reside in the greater good of humanity (including all sentient and non-sentient forms). Obviously given this hierarchy David is operating from Level 3 and conflicting with the modes of conformity at Level 2. Our political and legal system operate from the framework of Level 2 and therefore it becomes difficult for Level 3 individuals who wish to stand their ground on issues of principle. I am sure Bob Brown could write a few books on this and its sequel might be written by David Pocock.
 
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Professional association

 

At the time of writing this article the data from the recent survey hadn’t been tabulated. It will be completed by the time of the next edition in early February. We look forward to this summary since it will guide the activities of the organisation over the next period of its life. 
 
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Consultancy

 

In conjunction with the outcome expressed above is a new idea whose boundaries may well extend into a professional association. The proposition is this:  If we are to assist in the emergence of a world view, which is ecologically based, then we need people in the field who can assist with this transformation. It is not as though one can approach the local DPI and ask for assistance because many of these bodies have been constructed upon the principles of industrial agriculture. In effect, what we would get would be more of the same! In fact, getting advice from the DPI isn’t always an easy job now days given its umpteenth name change (in NSW) and its changing role. But that is another story.

A suggestion has been made that the EAAA (or its Institute) should create a consultancy arm to provide advice to those farmers who may want to change their production practices by becoming more ecological (or if you like more regenerative, or more agroecological). This idea is attractive and something we need to give more thought to. Your thoughts would be most welcome. Email Kerry.
Resurgence & Ecologist

Growth is bad?

The mantra of all governments is growth. But how realistic is this? Is it an unachievable dream? The following provides an alternative point of view. Growth is bad: A steady state economy is good. The author is well known ecological economist Herman Daly.


The following is in part a re-type of an article that appeared in the Nov/Dec 2014 edition of Resurgence & Ecologist.

“Every encroachment of the economy into the ecosystem is a physical transformation of ecosystem into economy. Growth means less habitat for other species, with loss of both their instrumental value to the ecosystem, and the intrinsic value of their own sentient life. Clearly, in addition to a maximum scale of the economy relative to the containing ecosystem, there is also an optimal scale (much smaller), beyond which growth becomes uneconomic in the literal sense that it increases environmental and social costs faster than ... continue reading ...
Johannes Bauer

Climate change and reaction from an EAAA member

 

Dr Johannes Bauer is an EAAA member from Oberon who has strong views about climate change as stated in a recent blog. It is reprinted here for your benefit.

 

       SPEAKING OUT!        

Misleading the Australian public in matters climate change by the Abbott Government is getting more serious by the day

 

Johannes Bauer

4Hills
Dec, 2014



The stand of the Australian government during G20 was as embarrassing to Australians as was the speech of one of our most revered writers, Richard Flanagan, who, when receiving the Man-Booker price in London confessed to be ashamed of being Australian. How could it be that the people who are supposed to lead us can be so beholden to interests of the fossil fuel lobby and ignore the responsibility Australians have entrusted them with? How can a government pretend to address its responsibilities  by ludicrously outdated, ineffective, childish almost, ‘Direct Action’ schemes, while dismantling highly effective market driven Renewable Energy Schemes and depriving new industries as well as landowners to participate and benefit in the action needed. Even according to the conservative Garnout report, landowners can play an important role in land based carbon sequestration much faster, cheaper and socially beneficial than industrial carbon capture schemes. The latter schemes are mostly benefitting mining companies and are paid by the tax payer. Continue reading ...
Food+Family+Health

MADGE seminars in Sydney and Melbourne

 

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne and looking for a good seminar keep Food+Family+Health in mind.

Dr Michelle Perro has been an Integrative Paediatrician in the US for 30 years. She has seen children's health decline dramatically. "The health of children in America is changing. One out of two children currently have some form of chronic illness. As a physician what I do all day is treat children's intestinal issues, these gut issues are connected to the demise in children's health."
 
Zen Honeycutt is a co-founder of the group “Moms Across America”. This group tested breastmilk and found it was contaminated with the weedkiller, Round Up. The highest level of Round Up was 1600 times greater than allowed in drinking water in Europe.
 
Dr Michael Antoniou is the Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group at King's College London. Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London. He researches human gene structure and function leading to development of gene and cell-based therapies.
 
A variety of events have been created to allow the speakers to broaden and deepen the discussion on how food affects our health.
 
Please register your interest in MADGE Talks tour here.
 
Melbourne 19th-21st March 
Sydney 23rd-25th March 

 
Full events detail with links to booking pages are on the MADGE website home page.
Xmas tidings

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

 

Brian Rosenberg

 

W I N N E R

 

Photo of the Month

Time controlled grazing land outside of Millthorpe in the central highlands, NSW.

Photo by Brian Rosenberg

Taken on a canon 7D in a series of 5 pictures stitched together by Brian Rosenberg.

For more about this stunning winning entry click here!

 
Xmas tidings

Xmas tidings

The EAAA newsletter will be taking a Xmas break but will be back with you in early February. We look forward to your engagement then. All the best for Xmas and 2015.

From an EAAA point of view it promises to be a big year!


Kerry Cochrane

Editor | President

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Places you love

In case you missed last months DVD


DVD on the existence of the EAAA and Kerry Cochrane's role in it. The focus is on people and their energies to create a different world.

The series is called ‘Places you Love’ details of which are at www.placesyoulove.org.

The finished version of several stories have since been released and can be found at the address above. A quick link to the EAAA story is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzspxsoWNW4&feature=youtu.be and is available on the EAAA blog.


 
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