From The Editor

Blog by Steven Carruthers

A growing industry

Happy 25th Birthday to us and welcome to this Silver Anniversary issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. Our first issue was published as a bi-monthly magazine in November/December 1991 – we look forward to the next 25 years! See More

Foods of the future?

Christine Brown-Paul

Christine Brown-Paul

Functional foods have been defined as those that go beyond merely providing nutrients—they actively help prevent diseases for those at high risk, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the science of functional foods is the convergence of two major events in our lives— diet and health. The association between food and disease is widely recognised as the bedrock of preventive nutrition and reflects the oriental philosophy that: ‘Medicine and food have a common origin’. See More

The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

Christine Brown-Paul

Christine Brown-Paul

Welcome to this new look issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. We hope you like the new, refreshed design – thanks go to our new designer, Steve Harrison who has done a sterling job in giving PH&G an attractive makeover (Steve worked for the magazine about 15 years ago). And on the subject of changes, I’ll be sitting in the editor’s chair while our trusty editor Steven Carruthers takes a long overdue and well-deserved break. Let me take this opportunity of saying hello to all our loyal readers and of course to new ones – many of you might recognise my byline, as I’ve been writing for the magazine for many years. See More

Food Recall Plan

Food safety is an issue that should be foremost in the minds of everyone involved in the supply of fresh food products. Following highly publicised foodborne illnesses worldwide, in this issue we focus on food safety with news of electrifying new technology for sanitising fresh produce; rapid infrared analysis, which could streamline food processing tests in the production line; and a commercial grower’s experience conducting a fresh food recall. See More

Taking the next step

The 10th Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) conference and exhibition recently held at the Lorne Mantra will be remembered for its beautiful location on the Surf Coast of Victoria, and a quality speaker program. See More

Intuitive Online Farm Safety Program

The Internet as an education tool continues to throw up new training concepts. The latest is a pre-employment 40-minute intuitive online farm safety induction program, which is targeted at field and seasonal workers, and backpackers working the harvest trail. See More

Moving Towards a Digital Society

The Internet is regarded as a powerful resource for information. What started as an idea in a technical paper by Mr Berners-Lee, then a computer scientist at a European physics lab, who outlined a way to easily access files on linked computers, has developed into a global phenomenon that has changed almost every aspect of our daily lives.
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Alarming Vegetable Industry Statistics

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report on Agricultural commodities for the year ending June 2015, the gross value of the vegetable industry has declined 4.6% compared to the 2013-14 period. In fact, the value of the industry has declined 11.1% since 2012-13. See More

Aussie Industry Growth Forecasts

The Australian protected cropping industry is primed for major expansions over 2016-2020. In recent weeks, new start-up Nectar Farms announced plans to invest A$120m over the next four years, creating employment for about 1000 workers in two regional locations. These projects represent a combined glassshouse production area of 80ha and expected to add A$125m p.a. to the regional economy. See More

Work Health & Safety

The tragic death of a 60-year-old farm worker after falling from a hothouse roof is a reminder to all growers of the need for safe work systems. The worker had been attempting to remove plastic covering when he lost his balance and fell about 2.5 metres, suffering a fractured spine, spinal cord damage and quadriplegia. The worker passed away from health complications while in hospital following the incident. Safework NSW charged the business and its director with a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) for failing to comply with their duty. They were both found guilty in the District Court and fined a total of A$165,000. See More