Power of the mind: Rob and Sarah Cook find a way to keep on farming

In my 20 years as a journalist I've met and interviewed some incredible people. Every now and then someone comes along whose story and attitude to life leaves an indelible mark. Rob Cook is one of those people. Rob was born and bred on the land. He lives for farming. Rob was left a quadriplegic when the helicopter he was passenger in crashed. Doctors told him to find a … [Read more...]

Why are we so mean?

If you've spent any time reading the online comment feeds of news and popular culture websites you'll know that as a society we're growing more outspoken by the minute. But while I'm all for the polite sharing of opinions I'm not a supporter of the relatively  new belief that we're entitled to say anything to anyone, no matter how mean and hurtful it is. If online comments … [Read more...]

Where does your food come from? Imports bad news for Aussie shoppers and farmers

HERE’S a scary statistic for you. Just five per cent of the fruit and vegetables imported to Australia is tested for banned chemicals and other contaminants. Most fruit and vegetables are deemed by AQIS as being ‘surveillance foods’ not ‘risk foods’ which are tested in 100 per cent of cases. What does this mean for you? It means the frozen berries you thrown in your … [Read more...]