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The Tao of Poo

Pooping for the planet: Part III “A young English couple was visiting with me one summer after I had been composting humanure for about six years. One evening, as dinner was being prepared, the couple suddenly understood the horrible reality of their situation: the food they were about to eat was

The dirt on SOIL

Pooping for the planet: Part II BACK IN THE early years of my academic career I worked in a university department with a number of soil scientists. ‘Soilies’ are, generally speaking, affable types who wear sturdy boots and get inordinately excited about digging holes in paddocks. In their natural environment they tend

Pooping for the planet: Part I

poultry manure

Ask not what the soil can do for you; ask what you can do for the soil. ONE OF THE greatest crimes committed by modern western society is that we use potable water to dispose of what is regarded as waste. Manure, dung, excrement, shit – call it what you will,

Habitat protection starts at home

habitat protection starts at home

By Robin Tennant Wood, writing from eastern Palerang. ONE OF THE LARGEST factors influencing biodiversity decline is loss of habitat. Peri-urban development, rural subdivision and the so-called ‘tree change’ movement have resulted in vast tracts of wildlife habitat being lost. This, in turn, pushes wildlife to the margins of their habitat

Plastic waste reduction on Braidwood radar

I was recently in a Canberra supermarket with a friend, when I paused by a display of coloured boxes. “Oh, you can’t buy those,” my friend announced. “Coffee pods. Think of the waste.” “Really?” I replied, and looked pointedly at my friend’s shopping trolley. Every single item was packaged in plastic. Everything.

Country life … it’s been dry

(Ed note: as of the weekend of 18 February, following devastating fires in western Palerang and also thunderstorms and rains in that part of the world, this is the picture on the eastern side of the Divide towards Araluen). The grass is brown and crunchy underfoot and the little trees I

High country journey of revelations

Robin Tennant-Wood interviews Deborah O’Brien author of The Rarest Thing An article about mountain pygmy possums was the inspiration behind Deborah O’Brien’s latest novel, The Rarest Thing. Following a successful signing of her new book at Miss Ruby's Bookshop on 26 November, Deborah spoke to me about the novel, pygmy possums and

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