Category: Sustainable Settlement and Agriculture

The Generator is founded on the simple premise that we should leave the world in better condition than we found it. The news items in this category outline the attempts people have made to do this. They are mainly concerned with our food supply and settlement patterns. The impact that the human race has on the planet.

Grappling with forest management

Geoff Ebbs /9 February, 2022

Deforestation is a significant contributor to climate chaos, biodiversity loss and depletion of groundwater. It requires significant effort on a number of levels. There are global certification bodies that provide a form of policing, including the capacity to interrogate the source of timber products using a chain of custody, or record of the handling of Continue Reading →

Al-Bakareh wheat field in Ammam

Jordanians harvest urban wheat

Geoff Ebbs /9 February, 2022

Urban farmers in Jordan’s capital, Ammam, have harvested a second crop of wheat grown in the ancient city’s glamorous shopping district. The food sovereignty initiative was begun by a social enterprise, Al-Barakeh, in 2019 when bread became scarce during a strict CoViD lockdown. Until the 1960’s Jordan was a significant wheat exporter, but urbanisation, globalisation Continue Reading →

Between the Stories

Geoff Ebbs /26 November, 2021

“We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human.” David Abram Leading voices of Australia’s First Peoples and North American cultural ecologist David Abram explore our place in the more-than-human world Mon 6th Dec • Wed 8th Dec • Fri 10th Dec  12.30-2.30pm AEDT (UTC+11)* on Zoom This series of three yarning Continue Reading →

Orlarock's vertical farm in Vietnam

Aussie invents new vertical farm system

Geoff Ebbs /4 November, 2021

A new form of aquaculture, designed for vertical farming, has been patented by an Australian company which uses rocks specifically formed to support a wide variety of microbes to supply nutrients to the food plants grown in the system. Newcastle woman, Lyndal Hugo is the inventor and owner of the company Orlarock. The system has Continue Reading →

Australia's national indigenous forestry strategy 2005

Climate depends on First Nations people

Geoff Ebbs /3 November, 2021

Indigenous forest management is an essential component of the global climate strategy, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Senior Forestry officer, David Kaimowitz points out that forests cover one third of the earth’s land surface and must be maintained and nurtured as a living carbon sink, and that process is most effectively and Continue Reading →

Rubus Probus - the Native Raspberry

Thornless native raspberry cultivated

Geoff Ebbs /27 October, 2021

A thornless native raspberry bush has been found and successfully propagated on Bundjalung country in north-eastern new south wales. The thornless bush was found growing beside a carpark by wild food researcher Peter Hardwick, who says that this thornless version is more approachable and just as tasty. Usually collecting native raspberries from a bush will Continue Reading →