How our idea of ‘the bottom line’ may change.


I find it fascinating that the people who look at me and my sometimes organic, definitely fruit in season,  low gluten, free range animal meat choices and think I am weird.  That I go to too much trouble.

And I look around me at who else is doing weird stuff.

It's a no brainer.  People that take extra care may have parents or someone they love that has suffered early from cancer.  Some may have had stomach pains and bloating for years and been diagnosed with irritable bowel, coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.  Then you have all the allergies.  Others may have had severe burnout or exhaustion.  A tricky immune system. 

I heard a friends farmer parents in their 60's discussing the environmentally friendly seaweed mulch on their paddocks to improve soil.  They didn't look the alternative hippy type so I was surprised.  But wait, that lovely man has leukaemia and is fighting it well and understanding more than ever, what makes healthy soil.

And just perhaps, there are more people around us that are 'doing weird hippy stuff'.  Keeping away from chemicals, eating fruit  and vegetables in season, not eating too much wheat.  Trying to live lightly on this planet without being a fruit-loop.  Just being practical, like their forebears before them.

Thinking twice before buying products like Yates Confidor which contains the neonicotinoid imidacloprid that is toxic to bees – and checking out other excellent products in the Yates range that are garden friendly.   Starting to think about how many bees you had in your garden when you were a kid.

And often people who think carefully aren't super rich and loaded.

I dunno.  Maybe its just about keeping an eye on your own diet.  Watching the people around you and see how they react to illness, to health scares, to chronic discomfort.  Looking at your own levels of energy, and that of your kids.

I want my soil to be full of microbes, fungi and bacteria.  (Just like my guts).  So it can process the dry matter and turn it back into soil.  Dirty  and rich and full of good stuff.

And so I am weird.  Because my bottom line is different from some of the companies that are out there.


About Jodie

It is only by questioning and discussing and attempting to view the world our childrens children will live in, that we start to understand that life isn't a linear process - it is a room of dominoes falling. Our world has a lot of special interests and stakeholders that by default, keep science undone, and economics hooked in the 1920's - resulting in governments that don't address the complexity that is challenging our world. From pollution to mental health (and the cost of food) to the health of our freshwater - it's complex and dynamic. What equilibrium do we want to reach - a healthy vital one or a suffering one?
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One Response to How our idea of ‘the bottom line’ may change.

  1. Hi Jodie
    Your recent articles about bees are superb – informative, urgent and balanced. Eg. avoiding Confidor but using more friendly Yates products. I've asked Yates to change the label on Confidor – it says 'low toxic to benefiicial insects' but it wipes out the world's most beneficial insect. No response so far.

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