These days, in a tight market, it’s becoming increasingly important for farmers to make the most of their soils. One way to do this is by using organic fertilisers. As soils are farmed more aggressively, compaction becomes a major problem. This compaction decreases root penetration and makes it more difficult for worms to move through the soil. Compaction can be reversed through in-ground composting as witnessed at John and George De Palma’s dairy farm in Muckatah, Victoria.
Bamboo floors are environmentally sustainable being harvested from controlled bamboo forests which take one tenth of the time to grow as traditional hardwoods. Make sure you ask whether the flooring you’re about to buy is manufactured using non-toxic glues and water based coatings in a waste free environment. Some cheap products use cheap manufacturing.
This is one for the keen gardeners amongst you.
Organic fertilisers do work and don’t cost as much as you’d think. Total Grower Services, plant nutritionist and pest management experts, have been pushing the benefits of biological farming to Australian growers for the past 10 years. Now, with proven track records in banana horticulture, paw paw horticulture, broadacre, table grapes, wine grapes and sugar cane they’re itching to get their Petrik products out to the general public.
Read about how they saved Tyrell’s Wines from an overspray of herbicide on their wine grape crop.
Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek says customers are being overcharged for the cost of gas-fired electricity.
Mr Langbroek says the ‘greener power’ is pushing up the price.
“Most people are willing to support green power as long as it’s priced fairly,” he said.
“But there doesn’t seem to be any effort from this long term Labor Government to put downward pressure on electricity prices.”
Energy minister Stephen Robertson says Queenslanders pay less for their electricity than some other states – and Mr Langbroek is wrong.
“Proof of that is the so-called ‘green power component’ of electricity bills represents just 0.3 per cent of the last retail price increase for electricity in south-east Queensland,” he said.
“It is not correct to say that this is having a significant distorting effect on electricity prices.”
The government are a bunch of lying idiots. Queensland has one of the highest costs of electricity anywhere I have ever lived. Proof in point: a friend of mine moved from FNQ to Adelaide so he’s swapped using air con for using both heating and air con – his electricity bill was cut in half and that’s for a family of four.
And back to a point I made a while ago. It’s the electricity companies who are going to go down the pan if they don’t start investing in green technologies so why should consumers pay more for that investment? Surely we should pay less so that more people take it up, thus reducing everybody’s carbon footprint and allowing the electricity companies to move away from coal fired production.
If you own a cat (or are a very clever cat yourself) and you want to know how to help the environment while helping yourself then how about some green cat litter? It’s not actually green, it’s kind of gray-ish. And is made from 100% recycled paper. I’m not particularly keen on most cat litters because you always get that vile smell of ammonia coming out of used litter unless you use that nice crystal stuff. Now I used to use that crystal stuff and very happy I was too but I’m not joking when I say that this recycled paper litter is better. It doesn’t smell, it’s bio-degradable so you can dig it into your garden. And it’s substantially cheaper.
Have a look at their website: http://www.breeders-choice.com.au/
And no, I don’t work for them. It’s just good.
Many people don’t know it but bamboo is an environmentally sound option if you’re looking to lay a timber floor.
Bamboo flooring is a smart choice for the environment as it is a green and sustainable product harvested from controlled bamboo forests. It takes one tenth of the time it takes traditional timbers to grow to harvesting size. And is manufactured using non-toxic glues and water-based coatings in a waste free environment.
Solid bamboo flooring has 6mm of solid bamboo from the top surface of the floor to the tongue and groove, whereas floating floors have only 3mm or 4mm of timber on the top surface. Therefore bamboo flooring has between 50% and 100% more surface thickness that can be refinished prior to the replacement of the floor. This could be as much as an additional 10 to 15 years more life for your floor compared to a floating timber floor.
Hands up who thinks electricity companies are ripping people off by making you pay more for green electricity?
It’s in their best interests to invest in the technology anyway. Otherwise, when current fuel runs out or becomes cost prohibitive they will all be out of jobs. It’s about time governments gave them a kick up the balls and made them all acknowledge this. If anything, green electricity should be cheaper to encourage more people to use it which would then increase their revenue streams to further invest in the technology.