Entries by Rachel Lewis

Regional Cities Are Small But Great

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is challenging the common misconceptions about rural cities through its Great Small Cities initiative. With a growth rate four times that of major cities and and and economic output on a par with that of Finland, encouraging investment in regional cities could provide huge economic benefits to Australia as a […]

Wind power saves agribusiness expansion project and creates rural jobs

The largest hydroponic vegetable grower in Australia has been able to expand its operations thanks to a groundbreaking collaboration with a 196MW wind farm development.   Nectar Farms had planned to power its $565m expansion project with gas but almost had to abandon the project when costs proved to be prohibitive. However, after discussions with […]

Syrian, Iraqi and Jewish women create friendships over food

The¬†Shared Table Project is bringing Syrian, Iraqi and Jewish women together to promote understanding and friendship. The project brings newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees to Emmanuel Synagogue in Sydney. With local Jewish women, they prepare a meal and eat together for five consecutive weeks. These occasions often include spontaneous outbreaks of song and laughter […]

Dingoes: a farmer’s new best friend?

Whilst dingoes have traditionally been seen as a pest by farmers, there are some innovative land managers who see dingo populations as a good thing, and the evidence increasingly backs them up. By law, land managers in Australia are required to take ‘all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with [dingoes] under […]

The Nuka System of Care ~ Indigenous healthcare for the people, by the people

A revolutionary health care system run by and for indigenous people and incorporating indigenous healthcare perspectives has become an international model for health care reform. Since Southcentral Foundation (SCF) began overseeing healthcare provision for Alaska Native and American Indian people in Alaska, emergency room visits have dropped by 36%. Deaths from cancer, heart disease, and […]

Small farms are key to food security

Small and medium sized farms are key to providing¬†quality nutrition to¬†the global¬†population, according to a¬†new study measuring the contribution of¬†agriculture, livestock and fisheries to global nutrient production, diversity and food security. The new¬†research, published in the first issue of The Lancet Planetary Health, was carried out by a trans-disciplinary team of¬†more than 400 scientists from […]

Earth has highest greenhouse gas concentrations in 800,000 years

A new worldwide database charting the levels of 43 greenhouse gases over 2,000 years provides the clearest evidence yet that global warming is being caused by human activity.     Scientists from the Australian-German Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne, have created the database by collating historical and contemporary information on greenhouse […]