Are humans stuck in a giant farm?

The best farm is the one without fences. Your animals are contended and self policing, therefore none of them wants to escape. Are we stuck inside one without even knowing it? Have you noticed how agriculture defines regional identity? Idaho. Potato country. Townsville: The sugar cane capital. A mixture of climate, soil PH and economic…

The day the shops closed. A food forager’s journey. Day 4

I wake up with compost on my mind! Big piles of leafs and branches feeding the trillions of soldiers fighting for life to thrive. I don’t think of breakfast, new cooking techniques or flavour combos, I have rotting leaves running around my brain. To me, compost represents life, it’s the meeting point of life ending…

The day the shops closed. A food forager’s journey. Day 3

Quite frankly, I don’t feel like this foraging challenge business at all today. I just want to open the fridge, eat and get on with my day. Getting on with my day? What does that involve anyway? Gardens and food. It’s a catch 22. I’m married to mother Nature. Through thick and thin. Till death…

The day the shops closed. A food forager’s journey. Day 2

But breakfast first. After yesterday’s escapades (scroll down to read all about them) I expected to be ravenous in the morning. But quiet the opposite happened, I wasn’t hungry at all. I went foraging on an empty stomach and when the yearning for breakfast arrived, I simply turned to some very sweet and ripe papaya…

The day the shops closed: A food forager’s journey. Day 1

I’ve been a keen forager for a long time. To aimlessly wander and pick up roots and shoots, leaves and fruit, it’s my ultimate pastime. I’m realizing more and more that even organic farming has an element of aggression to it, especially when it relies heavily on soil amendments and human inputs to produce food….

Science has failed my world

Science has failed my world. I feel uncomfortable uttering this statement. And for good reasons. In the eyes of the masses, criticizing modern science is often terrain of the unemployed or uneducated. Besides, history teaches that being different is risky business. I’m not surprised that the need to ‘fit in’ is deeply engrained in the…

A letter from your mother:

So tell me, who really rules the world? Is it the president, supported by his wise advisors and the odd encouragement from his wife? Is it the pope, deprived of life’s greatest pleasures, put in charge when nearing the end of his life? A secret shadow government, tapping your phone, the global banks who enslaved…

Bali in 2015. Dragon flies v.s. Tequila Sunrise?

Bali is one of the world’s most popular and mesmerizing tourist destinations. Some question how this small yet significant island manages to stay upright under pressure of the millions of visitors it attracts every year. The dark side of leaky sewage systems, plastic bottles and bad air are a reality. Where did it all start?…

Duck eggs exposed! The truth about these rich nuggets of gold.

We’ve recently escaped several dark decades in which government agencies advised us to limit our egg consumption. Happy days for the perfect poachers, the soft scramblers and the omelet lovers among us, eating eggs every day is now OK! Science has officially changed its mind. To assume that eating cholesterol rich food would automatically raise…