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  1. Interesting. You start with seeds? You prune them and they bush out with more mike's? 🤣
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  2. My principal concern about veganism is the limited thinking that goes with it. For the world to adopt a vegan diet would require the continuation (indeed expansion) of the industrial farming system...and that's something that cannot be countenanced if the planet is to survive. The other issue I have is that the vegan movement is not concerned with the truth. In its quest for the prohibition of meat consumption, it seems happy enough to decieve and propagandise.
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  3. I take a landscape ecological view of things. It would be tragedy for the rangelands, that are currently contributing to the global food systems, to be transitioned from livestock, where they coexist within the local ecosystem to cropping, with practically zero ecology or biodiversity. I'm against grain feeding livestock, this is the equivalent of global veganism, fed by plant protein i.e soy & corn etc. Just look at any plant based protein product from the supermarket to check the ingredients. The ideal behind veganism is noble, but in a world of 'systems of systems' the unintended consequences could be catastrophic for our remaining biodiversity if we all became Vegans based on the current model. Personally I am progressively migrating to vegetarianism, which I think is quite sensible the older we get in life. Nigel Grier
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  4. GaryD

    Read any good books?

    My current audiobook is Sacred Cow by Diana Rogers and Robb Wolf. I didn't realise that, in some countries, it's illegal to feed a vegan diet to babies or young children.
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  5. If ever there was a demonstration of the need for a different food production system, it might well be found in this little story about eggs... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/posts/3894046600694839
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  6. It's ironic but the most common substance on the planet...silica quartz sand...is the subject of criminal activity. That's right...sand is being stolen from beaches, public and private lands for resale...much of it finding its way overseas. As silly as it sounds, there is a sand mafia...and they have taken lives in their quest to steal sand. https://stockhead.com.au/resources/sand-wars-this-humble-resource-is-a-monster-in-the-making/?fbclid=IwAR3Sgyu8Em0AIRioK32FNst2sMoUG6Ryx5vq5wp_j9hCuu9Azf8ZiqY-v94
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  7. Just wanted to say hello. I used to be a member and was even a moderator once upon a time. I just retired and am considering relaunching a microphone farm once I get settled.
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  8. Hi Sam...welcome back. While you and I have kept in touch with one another through FB, it's been a while since we were both here. I hope we can turn it into a good place to chat about the interests that bind us. Regards...Gary
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  9. craig1267

    Living in a Van

    Yes, this is a topic I have become interested in. We've converted 24 foot/7 meter long school bus into an RV. It's got all the stuff we need inside, minus solar panels. I'm still trying to figure out how to mount those and make it look decent. Now, we don't live in the bus, but we can and have spent extended time in it. For us, we need good internet connectivity, for which I have devised a custom router with a Raspberry Pi and multiple wireless LTE providers. For full time, there are additional complications to that, like not having a home base for mail, a driver's license, or for insurance, which in the US, is based on what state and city you're in. The east coast of the US is difficult for this kind of lifestyle because it's hard to find cheap or free places to park for a while. We take the bus up to Minneapolis/St. Paul for a few months out of the year now. It's the second year we've done that. We also visit lots of national forests and other places that are inexpensive or free. However, since we started traveling more, we don't do much at home. We're going to convert lots of the grow space into a workshop. Here's an interesting guy on Youtube in the US that you might want to follow if you don't already. https://www.youtube.com/user/TrueBypassTheory
    1 point
  10. Gurkan

    Hello from Canberra

    Thanks @bigdaddy. Trout is the only fish that works in Canberra. They are good fun, especially at feeding time.
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  11. Well said Gary. My main problem is not having enough land to be a bit more self reliant. I've got fruit trees, veggie gardens, and the AP producing good amount of food in certain months. May be, I should look into guerilla gardening. I've done some guerilla grafting though.
    1 point
  12. Welcome back Sam. Cheers.
    1 point
  13. GaryD

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    This will be as good as anything on the market...and they are based in SA. https://www.lauckemills.com.au/products/category/GVHXORLF-sundry/3576
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  14. Day 50...Route the water from the washing machine to the back lawn. Outcome: Reduced wastewater. It would be grandiose to describe our grassed area as lawn but we do harvest it for composting material so using the washing machine to water it. I found a purple (greywater) hose in the shed so I'll connect that up to the washing machine and redirect the water. Day 50...the halfway mark...the low-hanging fruit...the easy part...and, as it happens, Part 1 of 2. WIth hindsight, a 100-Day challenge was probably unrealistic (particuarly given my current commitments) and I need to take time to consolidate my first 50 strategies...and to provide an update on their status. I remain committed the project...but I also need time to generate some more ideas...things that I (a 70-year old male) can do to reduce my environmental footprint. I mention that largely to avoid suggestions that are specfic to women and children. All suggestions are welcome. Then I'll resume the Challenge with Part 2...the remaining 50 days.
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  15. We've begun to experience a trickle of new members in recent days. To them, I offer a hearty welcome...and an invitation to plumb the depths of the second oldest aquaponics forum in the world. Things have been quiet in recent years as discussion forums yielded to the lure of Facebook...and the principals of this one responded to other prioirities. We're in the process of upgrading things around here in advance of awakening our sleeping membership and encouraging new ones. The active membership of APN is very small at the moment but we have a collective experience of aquaponics and other food production systems that spans many years. So, if you have a question...or something that you'd like to discuss...feel free.
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  16. GaryD

    Bigdaddy's iAVs

    Hi BD, You're making this much harder than it needs to be . You could build your sandgarden out of 20-litre buckets...adding them one at a time/week...until you reach the size you want. Buying them one or two at a time makes the unit cost negligible. Each bucket would cost you around $15.00 (complete with sand and fittings)...so 50 such buckets would cost you around $750....and give you a substantial garden. That option requires little thinking about...and it can be implemented immediately. Your other option would be to buy larger containers than buckets...like 50 litre black tubs. Small containers like buckets and tubs will allow you to fit into your available space more effectively.
    1 point
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