Category Archives: Food Security

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Enough. For All. Forever.

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How do you make a house, using sustainable materials, for under a $1000? Can breeding flies reduce overfishing? Why do humans repeatedly make the same mistakes? Well, these were some of the many questions addressed at the inaugural Sustain our Africa Summit which our Financial Coordinator, Richard Halsey attended. Continue reading

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Playing Chicken

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There has been a lot of coverage lately of SA raising import duty fees on chicken imported from Brazil. So what’s all the fuss about, what does it have to do with climate change, and what can you do about it? Continue reading

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A dummies guide to biodiesel

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February is the month of love, so today we are loving alternative energy and take a look at biodiesel. What is it? What are the advantages? What are the issues that are being debated around it? And if you’re feeling adventurous, we show you how to make your own biodiesel! What are your feelings on the ‘food versus fuel’ debate? Do you think biofuels can play an important role in cutting our global carbon emissions, or is yet another way for large corporations to trash the planet in the name of being green? Continue reading

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Food for thought

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Here are some pictures of families across the globe showing the type of food that they each typically eat for one week. The comparisons in amount of food and cost are astonishing.

And also, congratulations to our five winners of a bottle of Pick ‘n Pay Green dishwashing liquid! Belinda, Kim, Elephant’s Eye, Desh and Nenette please send me your postal details so that we can send you a bottle. Continue reading

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Becoming a locavore

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Last month I wrote about Project 90’s first monthly carbon challenge: not using electricity for 24hours. This month our challenge was to only eat food grown within a 50 km radius of where you live. So I set out one sunny saturday morning to find out where my food comes from… with some surprising results. Do you know any great spots for local food? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Continue reading

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Food footprints

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The food we eat in today’s world is becoming ever more processed, increasingly packaged, and is coming from further away. Kiwi fruit from New Zealand, dates from Israel, tomatoes and avocados from Spain. We drive to the shops in our cars to buy trolleys of food wrapped in plastic and nestled on polystyrene trays. But do we stop to think what impact our food choices are having on the earth? More and more people are beginning to question where their food comes from, what chemicals were used and how far it has travelled. Choosing locally produced, organic and seasonal food can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

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Project 90 allotment flourishes

I went to visit the allotment over the weekend, after being away for 6 weeks, and was amazed at how well it is doing! Everyone has been busy planting, watering and digging.

Here are some pictures showing our working vegetable garden.. previously a piece of tarmac! And if you haven’t already seen it, please watch Michael Struwig’s fantastic video of our allotment party hosted in October.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/15905914

This is a good time of year to start planting your herbs and veggies. Eating your own produce is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and can be a very rewarding experience.

The Allotment in Observatory is flourishing