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  1. The Biggest Food Wasters Families with young children High Income Households 100k+ 17-24 year olds Biggest Food Waste Savers Senior Citizens Looking at my own behaviour my household (two adults one toddler) wastes around $10 per week . Mostly milk and unused lunch items. Having a small child doesn't make it easy. Thinking about this issue and changing my behaviour actually meant spending more dollars. I had a fruit and veg basket each week with in season produce which with best intentions to get used got wasted. Now I spend more money for half that amount! I suspect realistic planning was my downfall 'cause there always is takers for free fresh fruit and veg. I also invested in a deep freezer that helps save leftovers and provides easy meals when you can't be f--ked cooking. I wish I had chickens like RE.
  2. Not many people will believe this, but food waste (and I mean once edible food) is being tossed away costing Australian households over $5.2 billion! NSW is the second biggest waster of food in Australia and has recently been estimated to throw away 2.5 billion worth of food per year with approximately 800,000 tonnes going to landfill. This equals almost 40% of the total mix of the red wheelie bin household garbage (avoidable and unavoidable). To complicate matters, there is also the massive food waste problem prior to reaching the household. Studies in the USA and UK suggest that 30-50% of food produced goes to waste before being sold in retail outlets. This is a worry since agriculture is the second largest green house gas emitting sector (not to mention the social and economic opportunities lost). Unfortunately, this silent environmental, social and economic issue has not made it into the awareness of the public. Many skills passed down from the past generations for wise food consumption and resourcefulness has been lost. We could blame many factors working in combination to produce such gluttony. Some alibis sighted include: purchasing too much, prepared meals not eaten, lack of knowledge of shelf life or correct storage. Whatever the reason, food and food waste will be indelibly linked to an emotional discourse we have to have with ourselves. Optimistically, I believe it is the issue of food waste that has the most potential to engage all aspects of society. More importantly it offers solutions to individuals, groups and communities to make a real positive difference. In some ways it has something for everyone (even for food retailers). More importantly, individuals can be empowered to do something about it and save heaps of cash. Basically food waste avoidance has something good for everyone. Would like to discuss food waste with you!
  3. The game is up for the banking sector and these reforms could definitely catch them with their pants down and their hand in the cookie jar. Now we'll hear the from the big four banks something like this: 'It wasn't me. America made me do it' (some blame story) 'boo-hoo (insert some sob story here)' 'it's not our fault' (deflection and pretending to be a victim) 'I'm going to get crucified by everybody living the fairy equity dream' (reality strikes, the public are ropeable) "Oh sh*te that wasn't a headache that's a fatal stroke!
  4. LOL! Thought I'd own a house too. Them the breaks. But look on the bright side of least you're not a lemming.
  5. I pay $380 per week for a place worth a bubblish price of 600k 17 kms from Sydney CBD. The rent has gone up $100 in seven years.
  6. Diversify... diversify... diversify...why put all your eggs in one basket (cash or housing debt)? Hyperinflation? Defaltion? Hedge your bets I say. Keeping a sizable cash balance seems to be a very vunerable position to be in too. Especially if you keep it with a bank no matter what way the economy turns.
  7. Sustainablites, Here, John Rolfe and Vikki Campion report that Aussie society is now deeply entrenched in a growing intergenerational divided between the 'haves' and a growing 'have nots'. It is a sad day for Australia.
  8. All this talk of gold...but what about it's cousin silver? I'm very bullish about silver and believe that in the long run with peak oil it will be even more desirable than gold since it has more applications than just jewlery (and money). Silver to the MOOOOON! Better investment than super I say. Here's four reasons to hold the (considered second) prescious... So folks. What's your take on silver?
  9. I use to co own a wooden boat (1960's folk boat) with two others. It was a great to sail but lots and lots of work. And the sun burn....Boats are like a relationship. You gotta put in to get out. But if you have time and money it's a fine way to pass ones day. I happen to know the guy who makes these boats and they are a bit more affordable and for the smaller ones you can put on a trailer.
  10. It's horses for courses. Isn't it? Every time one has a child its a lucky dip of never know what you'll get. I was thinking about this Stay At Home Mum thing. And it occured to me that it was a quite recent invention. From what I can gather, historically speaking mothers have always worked. Staying at home wasn't an option until the industiral revolution. The difference is the extended family isn't there to rely on. Particulalry grandparents and lots of siblings. The lack of community is the real difference and weakness within our individulaist/consumerist society. Prob the real thing that's hurting the next generation.
  11. I usually pre rinse the rice until water runs clear. I muss confess I am not a very good cook and the reciepie was made in my uni days. It's is cheap, easy and nutritious! I bet you could make it for less than 3 dollars a head (4 people). I just thought I should add to the Mandatory Reciepe Thread so I can rant and rave about all that is 'Sustainable'. I'm now very lucky to have a great cook who makes the family meals.
  12. COCONUT RICE WITH BEANS Saute until softened: 1 Onion Garlic (to taste) 1 Red chilli 1 Tablespoon thyme Add in 1 cup long grain rice Pour in good quality 400ml coconut Milk and 100ml vegetable stock. Let simmer 12-28min untill liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in 420 g tin of kidney beans (drained and rinsed). Season to taste- fresh thyme to garnish.
  13. Hello Simple Sustainablites! Here's the link to a great brochure produced by Bubblepedia about thew madness of unaffordable housing in Australia. I'm going to print a few out and give them to a few people I know. G.
  14. Back to the childcare issue... Yes it's getting more expensive but I don't begrudge it. I'm happy for the gov't to help out on the 18k per year bill. Yet I believe it is worth every penny. Child care workers are possibly worth more (gasp) esp for high quality care with educated early childhood professionals. I challenge any high paid executive to to the job. I only had one kid because there was no way I was trained (nor wanted) to be a stay at home mum. Lets face it many women have been trained to bake and make play doh at home with kids from a tender age. Good for them. Sounds like a crusie job with little brain power needed in those tender first years. Lets face it you don't need a degree (although many should get one). I did it for a year and was glad to do it but soooo happy to get that brain working again. Lets face it stay at home parents are not rocket scientists (although many carry on like they are). The human race has been pumping out kids at an exponential rate with millions of SAHM's at the helm. The job is pretty basic and has been repeated billions upon billions of times. It surely hasn't improved humanity! Has it? Yes patience and emotional fortitude is an essential criteria for the job. I believe in choice. Women or men should have the opportunity to make organic mush and go to play group if they want but frankly it takes a community to raise a child not just a parent. I don't think am disadvantaging my child by putting him into an enviornment that caters to his needs and that is run by highly professional people. At least they have a licence to be around children. In fact I believe I have given him an advantage about life and being independent and respecting others . This has been a tradition in my family- My grandmother worked as a teacher, my mother a dentist and I. We all had childcare in one form or another. 3 generations of children grown to be highly productive members of society and still manage to breed. I have a theory- bad parents are bad for children as is bad childcare. Good parents are good for children and so is good childcare. Simple. If one can afford the care that is good its worth every penny. F'''k the house. I rather go to work and provide good care via childcare as well as a satisfying my identity apart from being mother. They arn't mutally exculsive.