23 July 2014

Hemp Over Milk to Tackle Tasmania's Youth Unemployment

Written by Emma Luimes
The ABC reported last week that Councils around Tasmania are supportive of the prospect of an industrial and medical industry in Tasmania to combat the state’s employment problems, particularly in regional areas, where traditional means of employment such as forestry and mining are declining.  Last month, Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff assured the establishment of a hemp industry in Tasmania would be a priority. 

Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said that the establishment of an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania, although in its nascent stage, could provide a huge opportunity for the state in terms of fibre and food production.
However, the development of the industry is facing significant hurdles and restrictions. Jan Davis from the Farmers and Graziers Association said that these restrictions are “unique to Tasmania”, and that "you can grow industrial hemp in most other places in Australia without anywhere near the drama that goes on here”.

22 July 2014

Tasmanian Vegan Cheese Adventures

Written by Sophie Wood
Who knew watching videos on ‘YouTube’ could be so enlightening? I was enjoying listening to the music of ‘Vegan Smyth’; one of my favourite vegan singers, songwriters and comedians. He is the man that has given us memorable songs like: ‘Where do you get your protein?’ ‘The Preachy Vegan Song’ and ‘WTF Do You Eat?’ While listening to his song, ‘Couldn’t give up my cheese’, I contemplated some of the song’s lyrics: ‘Vegan cheese, vegan cheese, if you really need cheese have vegan cheese and leave the cows alone, please.’ Vegan cheese?  I consider myself quite the vegan connoisseur however I must admit I had never tried vegan cheese. This got me thinking; where can I get some vegan cheese? I have been a vegan for two years now and my foodie adventures have led me to vegan ice cream, vegan yogurt and vegan chocolate, to name a few. My mind was made up. I would search for this vegan cheese.

21 July 2014

Vegan Apricot Bliss Balls

Recipe by Gina Fenech

  • 1 cup gluten free quick cooking oats
  • 15 dried apricots
  • ½ of a ripe banana
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • Roll in shredded coconut

17 July 2014

Tourism Tasmania using Swordfish to Reel in Game Fishermen

Written by Katy Rohl
In recent months an abundance of Swordfish have been reported by fishermen off Tasmanian shores. As Swordfish are world renowned as being very prestigious fish to catch, game fishermen are steadily arriving to try and lure in these lucrative aquatic giants and ultimately surpass the previously set records. Tourism Tasmania has become aware of the surge in presence of this species and can see immediate promise in the attraction of game fishermen globally to Tasmanian waters. 

Already throughout 2014 there have been multiple reports of record breaking Swordfish. In June 2014, game fisherman Leo Miller caught, tagged and released a massive Swordfish in the Eaglehawk Neck area of Tasmania. This female Swordfish weighed 170kg and measured an astonishing 3.1 metres long and 1.6 metres wide. This catch could have been eligible for the All-tackle Australian record. Instead, the animal was released as the first Swordfish to be tagged in Tasmanian waters. After returning to shore Miller explained “As an amateur fisherman that’s the pinnacle, that’s what we all strive for, it’s an incredible feeling.” Unfortunately, this female Swordfish is believed to have died within days of its release. 

16 July 2014

The Sensitive New Age Farmer: Sense T Technology in Tasmania

Written by Bexy McFly
Want high quality local organic produce? There’s an app for that.

Twenty Tasmanian farms are now a lot more sensitive – but they haven’t been watching Bold and The Beautiful or drinking too much soy milk – They’ve been fitted with sensors to make farming easier, albeit more scientific.

Sense T sensing technology is trialling new sensors on a variety of crops in Tasmania which can sense factors such as temperature, humidity, soil moisture, leaf wetness and solar radiation (to name a few).

The high density sensor network, two years in the making, can connect online via specially designed apps which have been developed with the help of farmers according to their specific needs. With this technology growers can now be seen sporting tablets and smart phones to help them see, quite literally, what is happening under their soil.

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