The words are there for those who cannot read the pictures; Unsung Hero

A touching Thai ad which asks, “…and in your life? What is it you desire most?”

Enjoy the video and let me know how it makes you feel.


Edible City Vision

Another city feeding their community locally and adding good policy to keep food front and centre.

The Root Of It All

Here is an inspiring video about the food strategy in Vancouver.

Imagine a city where food is abundantly growing in yards, public spaces, urban farms, and schools.  Growing fresh, local produce meets a basic human need that ensures security and equity for all.  Designing our spaces to efficiently produce food creates a thriving and sustainable community through strengthening local economy and resources. It raises awareness and respect for the environment.

Here in Portland The Mayor’s Food Initiative works to improve health and sustainability of food systems in our community. It supports many of the initiatives of other organizations. The Edible East Bayside project is transforming the Bayside Trail into an edible food forest. Among many events, the Resilience Hub + Portland Maine Permaculture teach permaculture design courses and organize permablitz’ to turn people’s yards into self-producing food forests.  Cultivating Community provides food systems education in schools and to members of the New American farmer’s program. They…

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Seattle’s enviable environmental muscle

A few interesting positive snippets about Seattle’s “environmental muscle”. I am, as always, impressed by Seattle’s continuing forward thinking environmental action.

Cow Burps - A UK-based environmental economics blog

Once again Seattle, Washington is flexing its large, environmental muscle – one that not only seems to be superior in terms of size, but also seems to have the enviable ability to trigger movement and action in both the local and state governments.

In Seattle, it is now illegal to throw away food with rubbish (it has already been illegal, for several years, to throw away recyclable items with rubbish). This comes as a pumped-up version of mandates for composting that already exist in places such as San Francisco, Vancouver, and Vermont. The difference, however, is that Seattle homeowners failing to comply will be penalised directly, after being warned once – a warning displayed publicly with a large, red tag around the offender’s rubbish bin. These red tags also double as a public education campaign about the new law on recycling and composting.

While the establishment of this policy is…

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Where are the burgers better? Locals turn out to save an icon from corporate strong arm tactics

Where are the burgers better? Locals turn out to save an icon from corporate strong arm tactics

Wambie Whopper, a small fast food restaurant that has operated for many years at Wamberal, a lovely little seaside suburb on the East Coast of Australia, has been threatened by Hungry Jacks (Burger King).
Wambie Whopper front window
The family business, which has operated for many years, received a letter telling them to stop using the word “whopper”.

The locals are not having a bar of it!!!!
CC Express Newspaper cover Wednesday Nov 6 2013
Supporters not connected to the store apart from by loyalty started a social media campaign which received over 10000 followers in the first day. Click here to go to the supporters page.
People from across the Central Coast of NSW; across the state, the country and even from overseas are sending their support to Wambie Whoppers and their distaste to Hungry Jacks for their perceived strong arm tactics.
Keep calm and save Wambie Whopper
Many locals met at Wambie Whoppers to show support (and order the iconic Wambie Whopper burger). Here’s a little tune some supporters made up.

As a loyal long-term customer of Wambie Whopper, I hope that common sense prevails and our local institution survives the onslaught. 

I’ve often driven on a whim, from wherever I am, just to enjoy one of their burgers.

I would never confuse this burger with the ones Hungry Jack’s serve.