It was a normal start to the day. My partner got up earlier than me, as she does every weekday. She wakes me up standing by the bed with a mug of hot brewed coffee that steams in the cold bedroom air. She sat on the edge of the bed and we shared that five minutes together before the kids come in, preparation for the school day begins and the morning slips into chaos.

This morning was slightly different. I got a happy birthday kiss, a few nice handmade kids cards and a pair of old country records. I’m almost 40, I guess statistically I’m halfway to the end. I don’t feel anything like my age, I just feel me. But these past few days I have been contemplating my existence thus far. I liked me as a kid, pre-teenage years. I haven’t really liked me since then. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, there have been plenty of moments where I’ve been selfish, thoughtless and mean. I’m not a total arsehole but I’m no angel either. I’m sure all of us would be able to say that if we where honest with ourselves. I like be honest with myself, it helps me to introspective and thus make change.

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I really didn’t like the old version of me, so I’ve been working on change. I want to be part of something positive, I don’t want to be part of the problem. Anyway, a lot of this probably isn’t making much sense. I just know I carry some scars of my past, be they physical, mental and emotional. I try not to dwell on them too much, I’d rather try to better myself and move on, which is the harder option. The other option is to load up my truck and disappear forever.

Having a go at it is what keeps me going. For example, last year I built a poly tunnel to grow warm climate veg. I was too late in the season finishing the build, so I failed to get the veg in on time, and thus had a shortened season. The late summer winds also blew the structure down and I had to rebuild one from scratch. I was so devastated about fucking up and not building something strong enough to withstand the weather. But I had another go, built a new one, with stronger steel frames sourced from a generous mate. It has survived summer and now it looks like it may withstand the fierce autumn winds. As a result I have red ripened jalapeño in big numbers for the first time. The red jalapeño makes a nicer Harissa, it makes a nicer smoked chipotle too. Hell red is just sweeter and full of taste. The green ones are ok too, I still have plenty of green jalapeño that will get used in salsa picante and maybe get smoked.

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We as humans can be a great support network or we can be emotional obstacles to each other. Over the years I’ve put myself ‘out there’ and it’s brought about some great positive interaction and also plenty of negative reactions. I’m not trained in public relations, I’m not well versed in how to effectively communicate on social media, instead I’m just a bloke that kind of fell into it. And that has brought about some problems. Somebody told me recently that I ask for too many things, and that I should get off my arse and get a job like everyone else. This hurt me. Just because I no longer have a desk job, I actually work very hard, and I’ve only ever used social media to ask for help where I can’t do it on my own. I guess I’m too idealistic when I think people out there are as passionate about this cause as I am. And I’m sorry for that. I take full responsibility for that mistake. And that’s why I’ve been doing things myself. I’m working towards buying land with my own money to set up this little project I have planned to share my way of living with people that are interested in learning (btw – every veg box I sell allows me to put money towards a deposit for land). Nothing is set in stone with this project, it’s going to be a continually evolving concept, just like us humans. We change, even though we carry scars of the past. Things that hurt us, challenge us and generally bring us down. If we only worked together.

We have many problems, us humans. But we also have the potential to work together and make something good from something that’s a bit shit. Last year I didn’t have red jalapeño Harissa, but with the help of a friend I now have a jar of spicy hot Harissa to enjoy over the next few weeks. In the scheme of things it’s rather insignificant, but for some reason I couldn’t help but make a note of it as I tightened the lid on my jar of hot red sauce. Sometimes it’s those little things that make all the difference.

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  • March 24, 2015 - 4:23 am

    Rachael - Rohan love…asking for help and support is a beautiful thing, and a key part of building community! It also reminds us why we do what we do. Never feel bad about sharing your dream and trying to inspire others to participate in making it a reality. Call us on it, continue to call us on it…I know it’s exhausting but keep on fuelling that fire that drives you, and when you get stuck, when the flame is burning low, call on those around you to fan the flames back to life. This is bigger than you and I, and that’s why the call is so strong. Because you know it’s important. You know it’s right. Never stop asking, and never stop dreaming. And Happy Birthday! xReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 4:36 am

    Tony Smullen - Rohan:

    Mate keep going and don’t let the knockers get you down. What you have done is really fantastic and just to let you know you are helping the rest of us see whats is possible when you have a dream.
    Keep on working on your dreams and remember never take no for an answer there is always a way.

    TonyReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Emmy Herring - I second Rach, never stop asking for help Ro! We love you and the work you do, and we believe in you 100%! Keep going and always remember you have lots of supporters. Happy happy birthday :) xxReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 6:06 am

    Melissa Lousie - You are a fucking delight. And extra delightful on your anniversary of birth! Another trip around the sun is certainly worth acknowledging!

    I just found your blog yesterday and have been madly reading through your archives every spare minute I get! I LOVE your views and passion – and believe me – others share the passion too… it’s just sometimes hard to hear your supporters among the dickheads. Dickheads are really loud.

    Never stop asking for help.

    We all need to open ourselves up more, ask for help when we need it – offer it when it is needed. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH NEEDING EACH OTHER! In fact I firmly believe that our disconnect from each other is part of why we’re all so screwed up. We compete instead of help. We take more than we need instead of sharing. It’s ugly, and your bravery in putting yourself out there is an example for us all.

    Hand on heart – your words and way of life are a real inspiration to me.

    - A city girl saving her pennies to create a country life xReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 7:13 am

    Roz - What Rachel and Emmy said! I won’t reword their comments as they say it well for me too. Best of luck in saving for your land.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 7:36 am

    Linnie - Respect. I hope you enjoy your (friggin-insane-looking) Harissa / I had a crazy chilli crop this year. Chilli jam done, now looking at Harissa recipes. I’ve had so many failures in the veg patch but I don’t care – that’s how i learn. I’m forty. Been doing this 6 years since my kids were born. We hone our craft. We feed our people. And we learn to be at peace with the earth. Pretty simple really. Feels good. Love reading your post. Your words help tie people together.

    Hip hip hooray xReplyCancel

    • March 24, 2015 - 9:16 am

      rohan - Thank you guys!
      I do just keep on going, and I do value your support and encouragement.

      Peace
      RoReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 10:29 am

    Merrily - F’um. And especially, especially, don’t shut down and stop asking for help. Keep asking. Keep inspiring us and making us uncomfortable with the status quo in equal measures. It’s what you do so well.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 10:49 am

    calum - My wife often wakes me up with a coffee too. Love is the source of these gentle moments. Love is also at the heart of your project as well. Keep going.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 1:27 pm

    cindi beanblossom - happy birthday! keep up the good work, and be true to yourself. you encourage more than you know….ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    Jessie - Tall poppy syndrome strikes again. Someone is shitty that you have the guts and the confidence to ask! HELLO! Rohan, NEVER doubt you are part of a tribe. Your tribe is made up of like-minded people all ontheir own individual journeys to reach their chosen mountain peak and some will cut you down in order to advance their own banner. Forget the comments, offer help if they ask it and be the better man.
    My husband and I believe whole-heartedly in what you do. We want to be part of your tribe (or conversely, want you to be part of ours) and I know there are many out there who feel the same (proof in the pudding in the above comments I’d say).
    Happy birthday to you too. I never realised, we’re about the same age (’78 here) and yes, those 1/2 way there thoughts rest in my mind too. I intend to make it the BETTER 1/2! :D ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2015 - 12:41 am

    joe dirt - at the end of the day I suppose only you can decide if you are actually working as hard as you possibly could be to achieve your stated dream of buying your own land… Don’t get me wrong I am sure pottering in the garden, shooting rabbits, walking in the woods picking mushrooms, rebuilding old shitty American pickups and shooting pictures for your instagram account and blog are all hard work and take up a lot of your time, but it’s not going to get you a deposit and it sure as hell isn’t going to pay the mortgage. I guess that all people where saying in get off your arse and get a job comments. Hey wouldn’t we all love to live that life, but I think most of us realise that you can’t have the dream without the boring 5 to 6 day working week that actually gives you a pay check at the end of the dayReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2015 - 10:51 pm

    lemmiwinks - Hey dude, you’re just learning from your mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over it.ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    Rob Wilmot - Get that plot of land Rohan. Without your own piece of dirt you’ll wander in the wilderness for ever. Good luck.ReplyCancel

Tonights meal was the bomb. I had to share it with you because it’s everything I want to achieve in life (in regards to food and life-style etc).

It was a simple meal, really nothing flash at all. But it was delicious. It made me happy. It was a happy meal to eat. And best of all, most of it came about from effort on my behalf, i.e. I grew it.

Zucchini grilled, fresh garden rocket, dill leaves, jalapneo and onion all plucked from the backyard garden. It was dressed with home made red wine vinegar and topped with my Jamon lardons which I fried.

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This meal if everything to me. It’s what I want to share with people when I set up The Nursery Project. I want to make this with complete strangers and get them excited about real food and how to grow and raise it.

I love my back garden, but it’s a rental. I won’t be here for ever. In fact I’ve started looking at patches of land where I can set up the Project. Land IS NOT cheap man! And now that I’m buying this land with my measly finances I’m kinda freaking out.

What if no one comes to learn? What if the Nursery Project is a complete dismal flop? I guess I just have to continue on and hope for the best. The main goal is to set up a place to share ideas and knowledge. Worse case scenario, I’m sure I’ll cover that goal.

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  • March 10, 2015 - 9:39 am

    Bec A - Looks great! I’m about to cook up a big dish of.. I don’t even know what to call it… with some of the lovely ingredients from the Veggie box we got from you on the weekend :)

    I sure I’m not the only one, but I really hope The Nursery Project becomes a reality. I’d love to come, and I’d really, really love my carnivore of a partner to go and learn how to kill and prepare his own meat. If he’s gotta eat it, I’d much rather it be a rooster from the backyard that I know had a great life, or how to shoot some feral rabbits etc.

    I try not too be too preachy (who doesn’t love a preachy mostly-vegetarian?!) but it bothers me when he buys conventional chicken and bacon :( ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm

      rohan - It’s hard to keep the preaching down. It’s my biggest flaw!ReplyCancel

      • March 11, 2015 - 8:14 am

        Bec A - Hah, was telling Mum about you. She wants to know if you want 3 (possibly 4) roosters heh. She let one of her clucky hens hatch a clutch. 3 roosters out of 4. And she’s skeptical about the last chicken.

        Anyway, they’re yours if you want them! She could probably get them to Ballarat some time…ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2015 - 11:20 am

    Pat - Looks really good, as much for what’s not in it as what’s in it. Simple, clean, crisp food for the soul.

    People like you remind me to keep chipping away. I need to get some wicking beds ready for tomatoes and cucumbers next year. Neither did as well as they should’ve this year in the raised beds (not enough watering is my bad). Good work.ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm

      rohan - Do it! If you can automate that watering system all the better I say!ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    Alyssa Galea - People will come. I’ll come. Promise.ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm

      rohan - They will. Even if they come in small numbers, at least I will be able to reach out to a few!ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2015 - 2:10 pm

    Jacqui - How satisfying it is to eat a wholly self produced meal! In the UK, Hugh f whittling stall set up a Landshshare project which linked up people with land they couldn’t use with folk who were looking for land to cultivate. Maybe there is a similar project in your area. Best wishes x
    http://www.landshare.netReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2015 - 4:09 pm

    Stormi - Right there with you! Yard to table and in a rental too. I have kicked this very idea around in my head, a place to grow, harvest, cook, eat, and share food. We should talk. Your plate looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2015 - 11:36 pm

      rohan - This is my dream. By the end of this year I hope to have enough deposit to buy some dirt and set the Nursery Project up!ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2015 - 4:10 pm

    Zelda - Wow, that looks delicious! How satisfying to have produced all the ingredients yourself, congrats!ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2015 - 12:48 am

    Lisa Cavallaro - Hi Rohan,

    Thanks for sharing. Big fan of your work and dream.
    Can I suggest that you connect with Nick Ritar Milkwood Permaculture? I had the opportunity to meet Nick when we were both living in Mudgee. I have followed him since – inspirational plans and executions. His workshop model may assist your plans, I see a cross pollination opportunity

    Lisa
    Ground to Table. 0417077475ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2015 - 7:42 am

    Sarah Raaen - This looks freaking delicious, Ro – and one day we will all be sitting around those big tables in the mess hall creating and enjoying this meal and many others with the hella fresh produce from your land. Never fear, they.will.come. I sure as hell will!

    I say it again, dude, you’re living the dream.ReplyCancel

  • March 12, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    Jessie - Well I can promise I will be there to learn so you have at least 1 student and I suspect many hundreds more.
    Land is frightfully expensive and the more accessible it is the dearer sadly (but understandably). Good luck on the search.
    Drooling over that meal. It looks awesome. A truly happy meal!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I cold smoked a bunch of trout that I caught out of my mate Jacks dam. Being fish that live in still water they can taste a bit muddy at times so I opt for the smoking approach, which tends to distract you from the earthy flavour of dam trout. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like smoked trout?

After I dropped the kids off to school this morning, I made myself a fine breakfast, albeit late. The cold smoked trout was the centre piece. I cut off a few slices from a loaf of sourdough I baked last night, scooped out some ripe avocado, lay over some slices of the smoked trout, topped it with grilled jalapeño, added fennel fronds from the garden, and finally crumbled over soft goat feta on top. A season of salt and pepper and breakfast was made. It was delicious.

As I sat on the stool looking out through the kitchen window, munching and enjoy the food, I thought about all the ingredients for my meal. I was content that I knew what was in my food, and how the ingredients came to be on my kitchen bench. Then I thought a lot about a bag of grapes. Yes a bag of grapes. No I wasn’t eating the grapes, the grapes I was thinking about where in a bag that was offered to us at a diner we visited after school yesterday. The lovely lady that owns the diner offered my kids the grapes to eat as her son could no longer eat them. She explained that he now has an allergic reaction to them, he comes out in hives. I had a spell of hives when I was a kid once, it’s not cool.

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I looked at the packet of fresh looking grapes and noticed in large letters printed on the plastic bag ‘ALLERGY ADVICE, MAY CONTAIN: SULPHUR DIOXIDE’. I pointed this out to the lady at that just offered them and she was amazed that she had not noticed this health warning that was clearly printed in large print. I thanked her for the offer, but wasn’t keen for my kids to eat them so I declined.

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I took a photo of the grapes though and loaded it to my instagram account with the caption ‘amazeballs’. Because, well quite frankly I find it amazing that we are offered food that has been treaded with something like sulphur dioxide to keep it ‘fresh’. There are lots of cases where sulphites are used as a preservative in foods, and wine, and they do an amazing job of keep food preserved. They also cause some reactions in our humans bodies too. Hives is one example, but shortness of breath and asthma is another, and there are many more, some I’m sure we will learn about well into the future.

The point I’m making is (and you can call me a hippy here) I just find it amazing that we tamper with our food so much, without 100% categorically knowing the implications and adverse effects it may have on our health. We as consumers buy this stuff, we eat it, and thus we introduce certain chemical compositions into our bodies. We do this happyily trusting that it’s safe. There was a warning on the packet, so that should do the trick right?

It’s a bit of a gamble though. Not all of us have a medical science background. Not all of us have spent a lifetime researching the effects of preservatives in food on humans. Not all of us have lived a full life of consuming such food to see what happens at the end. But we continue to eat it. Fully trusting in government legislation and regulation. That is until something fucks up, like say contracting Hepatitis A from imported frozen berries from China. Now don’t think I’m simply taking this weeks hot food scare story to bolster my message about eating real food, there is so many bad food stories out there that I could write something about it each week, this weeks Hepatitis A food news is not an isolated incident. There is an endless supply of stories about how peoples health is effected by packaged food, processed food or any food that’s been treated with pesticides or preservatives. Then there’s the modern western illness of obesity and it’s long list of health implications. We could go on about it for hours, days, months.

I guess what I’m trying to say is the writings on the wall. It’s been on the wall for a long time. There are many people that will poke fun at this message, and that is to be expected. Poke fun as they may, the principle reality that shit food equates to shit health will still remain.

The reality is that our bodies are natural machines that run well on natural fuels, not tampered food. You don’t even need to be a scientist to comprehend that principle. I like this reality, it’s what I try to live my life by. It’s one of those realities we can’t change, just like the one about nature not needing us, but us needing nature. The planet would survive quite happily without humans, but we desperately need natural resources to keep us alive.

One reality that I find a bit shitty, is that western humans simply will not change. The isles at the supermarkets will continue to be stocked with ‘food’ that is highly processed and that eventually will make us sick. The fast food chains will continue to have millions of robotic customers through their doors, and as a result we will continue to get fatter, sicker and eventually reduce our life expectancy. And you know what? Who gives a shit?

A minority of people give a shit. A minority of people are prepared to make change in their lives, for their health, for the health of their family and for the health of the natural world. It’s not a matter of Us Vs Them. You either think it’s important or you don’t.

I don’t really want to engage in any discussions about this anymore. It’s like flogging a dead horse. It’s becoming a real waste of time arguing with people that seem to be siding with the idea that processed foods are ok, and everything is alright. Well it’s not. And I figure most people are going to continue to remain ignorant, and they can because thats the beauty of personal and free choice. The only problem with this system is that by the time I’m old and needing health care, the medical system will be full of sick people that could have made a change when they where younger. That pressure on the health system will be phenomenal. And that’s a reality I’d like to see change.

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  • February 26, 2015 - 3:00 am

    ADi - kind of like this – you can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of reality. I often wonder if the majority of the human race is actually de-evolving?ReplyCancel

    • February 26, 2015 - 9:16 am

      rohan - I often wonder that too!ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2015 - 7:46 pm

      Robin - Oh that’s very good! And yes, I do believe the human race is de-volving.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 3:34 am

    Corie White - I love your book and outlook on life. Your a great inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • February 26, 2015 - 9:16 am

      rohan - Cheers mate. Missed you guys on the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 3:47 am

    jasmine mansbridge - I don’t comment much but I do enjoy your posts.. I save lots of money by eating seasonally from our garden (right now its Zuc & tomatos) and keeping 11 chooks.. I also try to do my best in other ways but I know there are many ways I can continue to improve our food sources. Keep up the good work as you do encourage the likes of myself… thanks RoReplyCancel

    • February 26, 2015 - 9:13 am

      rohan - Thanks Jasmine. Not one of us is perfect. I think my worry is that it’s only a few that are aware an issue even exists. That is to me the biggest concern for us.ReplyCancel

    • February 28, 2015 - 12:45 am

      alex - You asked if I read your little rant this morning when I picked up the veggie box. This is now done. Another great read. You’re right (again), we can only be the change we want to see. It may never happen but at least some of us would have tried. As disheartening as it could be to see the lack of interest and desire to move away from the current food system (and other systems that will destroy us), it’s very refreshing to see that they are more people than we (or at least that I) think who give a shit and make choices or fight for what’s important to them. I like that bit you wrote: “It’s not a matter of Us Vs Them. You either think it’s important or you don’t.”ReplyCancel

      • March 10, 2015 - 9:21 am

        rohan - Thanks for reading! See you at veg pick up ;-) ReplyCancel

      • March 10, 2015 - 9:23 am

        rohan - I want to do French Yoga !!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 3:57 am

    Ame - Hi! Check out the movie Bought. Free screening currently at boughtmovie.com
    Think you’d find it interesting- discusses GMO’s, vaccines, big pharma – how they are making our kids sick! Super frustrating our times are!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 4:22 am

    Roz - With you all the way on this.
    It’s difficult to watch people self-destruct.
    Your posts are very refreshing and inspiring, thank youReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 4:56 am

    Sarah Raaen - I want to fist bump this so damn hard! Nailed it, dude. All of it.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Kim - I agree with you – it is so fundamentally important & central to our well-being, and yet, it is also completely outrageous that, with all our knowledge, it is even still a battle to be fought. Also, I think I might just have solved the mystery of my son’s skin reaction. He has been eating a lot of grapes, some organic, some possibly with added, unlabelled, sulphur dioxide…ReplyCancel

    • February 26, 2015 - 9:14 am

      rohan - It’s amazing that we even need to have this conversation. Wouldn’t it be better if we all ate real organic food? A nice start anyway! Hope you son is ok!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 7:51 am

    Joanne - Totally awesome piece Rohan. It is sad to see people walk through the supermarket aisles unaware of what that food is doing to them and it is also sad to see the monopoly supermarkets have and what is happening to our food system.
    Lets not give up on the fight. One by one we can continue to make a change. and you This particular article will be sent to someone who had no idea to look on the side of grapes for the ingredients and you have made a difference without you realising it.

    Keep up the fight Ro

    Ps I posted this on my facebook page.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 9:40 am

    kassidy - I love your posts and can’t wait to try one of your veg boxes! You are so right about people who a give a shit about real food being a minority. Also the penny just dropped as to why I break out in a rash on my face and chest when I drink cheap wine! Keep up the good work you are truly an inspiration :) ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

    Carolyn Atkins - Rohan, you are an inspiration, and I want you to keep flogging that poor dead horse, because people like you really are making a difference. Truly.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    Rob Wilmot - The sad reality concerning sustainability, global warming, climate change, etc, is that everyone knows what has to be done, but no one wants to do it.When rubber-necking jet travel is eventually looked upon as smoking is now, we might be getting somewhere. But that’s a long way off I feel. Keep the wholefood message out there Rohan, even if most people couldn’t give a rat’s.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Josh - Right on! Really enjoyed and needed this article. I feel exactly the same. It is a real shame that society has labelled anyone who tries to talk about these issues a hippy and tries to dismiss them as unrealistic, or a dreamer etc. This is reality and people are procrastinating about taking responsibility assuming they will do it one day but not today…

    I really enjoy your blog keep it up, you have inspired me to look at starting my own.

    PeaceReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 9:37 pm

    Craig - One of the best pieces you have written thus far Ro. Five years ago my wife and I became so concerned with our western diets that we did something about it …. moved to the country in Victoria and now grow almost all our own food, including our meat. Unfortunately most people reckon we’re weirdos as we don’t have jobs – we just simply spend almost all our time growing natural and wholesome foods that will sustain us – and mate, it’s bloody hard work at times.

    Keep up the fight Ro, there are people out there listening … somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2015 - 10:55 pm

    Bea - All of it. XReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 2:24 am

    Sylvie - Thank you for this. I wholeheartedly agree. It’s hard to be the only one in a crowd of friends who gives a crap about the state of our food and our health. No one wants to hear it. Sometimes, when people look at me and say, “Who cares!?!” I feel like some sort of weird freak. I’m so glad for the internet, and people like you, to help me not give up!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 2:30 am

    Sarah Foster - Hit the nail on the head with this post
    Having children made me realise how badly i was eating. I turned my life around because I want to give my girls a good example in life and aim to feed them good wholesome food and see their parents living a healthy life, exercising regularly and eating properly. They are well educated kids and know where the majority of their food comes from (they are 5yo twins)
    I became so passionate about eating properly i am now studying nutritional medicine with the goal of being able to educate children and families of the importance of eating properly for health, well being and the survival of the planetReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Rachel - Great post – this is a really interesting (and terrifying) article about the food industry that you might want to check out:
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/21/a-feast-of-engineering-whats-really-in-your-foodReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 9:39 am

    Lucy @motherwho - Thank you for this. I took my kids (aged almost 5 and 2) to a birthday party this morning and I was the only mum there that wouldn’t let them drink the cordial on offer, and gave them their water bottles instead. I also declined the spare lolly bag offered to my 2 year old. I felt mean. They didn’t blink an eyelid though. The food situation in this country terrifies me. I find you and your family such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 4:49 am

    Scarlett - ~~~~~Thanks for this and all your articles Rohan~~~~I buy a lot of our fruit and vegies from Aussie Farmers Direct~most of what I order is organic~~~HOWEVER I did notice that warning sign on a bag of grapes I bought from them recently, and as I am allergic to sulphur based drugs~~~and also have a skin condition ~ I am hesitant to buy them again. The grapes that we can buy from the supermaket however, are not in bags and not marked~~~but this sulphur warning could also pertain to them as well. ~~~~~ I appreciate all your knowledge and wisdom Rohan ~~~ it really pays to be as self sufficient as is possible these days~~~and moreso in the coming days and years~~~so get planting everyone, even in pots on the balcony! :-) PS I have just heard of a supplier of ORGANICS (and they have organic turmeric as well) Greenline Organics~~~I believe they deliver to your door in some areas.ReplyCancel

  • March 2, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    MPR - Good one. The more I think about things, the more I’m of the mindset that advertising the worst industry out there. Seems to me that they either create apathy or take advantage of naturally occurring apathy to promote products, any product, that maximize profit for whomever is paying to get the buy buy buy message out there. That is the reason why supermarkets are full of shit food and why regular (not processed) food relegated.ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2015 - 4:39 am

    EllaDee - Via the blogging world I’ve become connected with real people who care about real food. Each time I meet others, I celebrate. Each person’s voice, banging the drum, walking the walk… and lots of repeating the same thing over and over until something like the Hep A berries or Scromboid tuna happens and a whole lot more people take notice, then back to repeating the same thing over and over…
    We’re still in the city, apartment living, me at my desk job and my husband on a construction site. But our plans for escape to the country are coming to fruition. In the meantime, we live and we learn constantly, we shop at farmers markets and local stores, eat well and connect with others who think similarly.
    Your book, blog and life are inspiring. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to reading more :) ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2015 - 4:43 am

    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages - I totally agree with you on this. I have no idea why there is such a need to mess with the pure original product from the ground/sea/tree/whatever.
    I think people are becoming more aware of it now and I honestly think, or maybe just have a strong hope, that it will change for the better.ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2015 - 11:12 am

    T - I have a question (as I’m the first to admit I am one of those poorly educated Western consumers, but that’s another discussion!)… Should I trust the organic food at the usual supermarket chains? What are the chances that it is actually, properly, untampered-with organic grown food? Or do they just change the labels and triple the price??

    This may seem like a random question, but it’s part of my thinking prices, after reading ur blog and wondering WHAT can I actually do to change some of the foods I eat. Even if I wanted to completely, shit it would be hard. Suburbia, Brisbane – Aldi, Woolies, Coles and an average fruit shop locally. Single parent, low income, young child, already a fussy eater…. Where would I begin when price and convenience most often dictates my menus?

    Genuine questions… Not taking the piss ;) if we could snap our fingers to change it all, I think a healthy percentage of Australia would. But we can’t snap our fingers… so where should I start?

    P.s. I luuuurve tomato’s, but the tomato’s at the shops taste like shit, so I’ve stopped eating tomato’s. Ur blog just reminded me of why I’m eating less good food and that’s just really sad, coz I don’t know what else to do? :( ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2015 - 9:20 am

      rohan - There are always options. Sometimes they are hard to find.ReplyCancel