Centralisation and our fossil fuel future

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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6 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Incredible that you had to go to Sydney to get your passport renewed. Why couldn’t you do it by post? Presumably, that’s what you’d do in Holland – it’s certainly what I do in Britain.

    Anyway, the vagarities of bureaucracy aside, centralisation is dehumanising one way or another as well.

    Our village shop was taken over by a national company and the quality of everything just isn’t the same. It used to sell local food and unpackaged goods. Not so anymore 🙁

    • Zaia says:

      No, they do fingerprinting, so it has to be in person…
      I agree, the fading away of the local shops definitely is a huge issue, keep supporting your local businesses, farmers and anyone in the local community, and boycott the large multinationals that offer cheaper goods. The cost of these goods come in somewhere, usually by abusing people and/or environment. I hope you still have local alternatives in your village Helen, we are blessed that our local businesses are supported here, we hope they will stick around!

      • Helen says:

        Oh yes, I see (re finger prints – that hasn’t come in here, possibly because of the logistics rather than concerns about the environment).

        Unfortunately, the village doesn’t have a local food shop, though just outside of it there is an organic farm, where I buy a large part of our provisions.

        On the other hand, we do have an independent bike store (sales and repairs), so something is going right!

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Zaia,
    I love this post. I couldn’t agree with you more.
    Are biogas biodigesters sold in Queensland? I’ve been reading about yours but would love to know more.

  3. Zaia says:

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for your comment!
    At this stage I don’t think biogas biodigesters are sold in Australia. I know there is an American startup company that have just released a model, I do not know whether they plan to export it to Australia. If you are interested in making one yourself, plans are readily available on the internet. Best of luck!

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