CHALLENGE: Connect with your food

My latest challenge has been to re-connect with my food. I think a lot of people blindly shop for their food these days. We simply don’t ask enough questions (where did this come from? Who grew this? What are these ingredients? What does this food do to my body? Are these ingredients harmful? etc). By connecting with…

Exposure to toxins – from birth and beyond

I came across this great video from TED about a documentary filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer’s curiosity with the toxins exposed to unborn babies. With the help of scientist Tyrone Hayes, they discuss just one toxin – atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. This video isn’t just for pregnant women, it’s an excellent representation of how…

My local fair trade, recycled and organic shop

I love my neighbourhood. Victoria Park is an old suburb in Perth with a pretty good sense of community. It started becoming even greater with the addition of an awesome cafe with great coffee, a book store, even a place to buy healthy smoothies and gluten free food – slowly but surely it’s getting everything I need…

Find your local farmers market

In the last year or so I’ve gone from doing all my shopping at the large chain supermarkets to then shopping at the local independently owned markets and now I’ve discovered the local farmers markets. Supporting local businesses means so much more to me than supporting a large corporation with shareholders – and farmers markets…

What’s so good about ‘Organic’?

Organic is the latest buzz word around town and if you’re not sure what it is, you at least know it’s healthy… or something like that. So what does organic mean? According to the BPA (Biological Farmers of Australia): “Organic produce is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMOs with…

Are you using dangerous chemicals in your home?

Think about the roles that the chemicals in things like cigarettes, drugs and pesticides play in the media. The general message is that they are extremely dangerous for our health and that we should avoid contact wherever possible. This is why it shocks a lot of people to discover that the greatest risk of exposure…

3things can change the world

“Changing the world, 3things at a time” – this is Oxfam’s latest initiative, and we like it. It’s such a simple concept: choose three things that you ‘pledge’ to do to make a difference, no matter how big or small. The best thing about this concept is it’s not putting too much pressure on people…