food security

Heading for cooler waters - Climate change impact of warming oceans on global fish stocks

For the first time scientists have demonstrated the impact of climate change on ocean warming and sea surface temperatures affecting global fisheries stocks. Previous studies were limited to individual fisheries. The changes have been occurring clearly since the 1970s, the scientists say. The implications of this research raises the need for timely changes in fisheries management practices and adaptation plans for communities dependant on fishing, particularly climate vulnerable developing countries in the tropics.

"Given global fisheries contribute hugely to the world's economy and food security, this is a significant finding," said co-author Dr Reg Watson from the University of Tasmania's specialist Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies."We are no longer talking about future hypotheticals - we are talking about impacts on a global scale that we can already demonstrate."


Winter Chill: Fruit and nut trees feeling the heat of global warming

Climate change affecting safe winter chill for orchard trees.

A new study says that global warming will impact fruit and nut tree productivity in Australia and globally. Most fruit and nut trees have evolved in cool temperate climates and go through a dormant winter phase and require a certain amount of winter chill to trigger their spring growth and fruit production. But with strong trends in many regions for warming winter minimum temperatures and reduced number of 'winter chill' days, the heat is on our orchards.

World Food Day: Global warming too hot for chocolate? Cocoa farming and climate change

Do you fancy a bit of chocolate every now and then? Perhaps a hot cup of drinking chocolate and milk before going to bed? or a few small pieces of a bar of chocolate while watching TV? Maybe a fancy imported Swiss or Belgium chocolate with coffee and liquers at the end of a dinner party? or maybe some cool chocolate icecream on a hot summer's day? This could all become a thing of the past as chocolate becomes an extreme luxury item due to global warming.

Related: Global warming a potent brew for coffee and tea drinkers | International Centre for Tropical Agriculture | Fair Trade on Cocoa | World Food Day

Eat local - Urban Harvest vegie swap meets in Melbourne

Vegie Swap Meets

Kildonan Fresh Food Swap
Do you grow your own fruit or vegetables?
Do you have too much?
Come to the Kildonan Fresh Food Swap and swap your produce for something you don’t grow!

Items for swap can be:
• Fresh fruit , vegetables & herbs
• Seeds, seedlings, cuttings & flowers
• Jams, chutneys, sauces & eggs (all dated)
Feel free to bring along recipes and gardening tips to share with others too!

Date: Saturday, 7th of November at the Kildonan Community Day. Then, the first Saturday of every month.
Time: 10am-12pm.