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Is breakfast protein the secret to weight loss?

Eating more protein, especially at breakfast, could be the key to achieving healthy weight loss, according to a new report released today by CSIRO. The report, Protein Balance: New concepts for protein in Weight Management, affirms the benefits of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for weight control and reveals that the latest scientific evidence supports eating at least 25 grams of protein at each main meal to control hunger and enhance muscle metabolism. See More

Launceston to Host BerryQuest International 2018

Simon Dornauf

Simon Dornauf, Hillwood-Berries

The Country Club Tasmania in Launceston has been chosen to host BerryQuest International 2018 from 12-15 February on behalf of Strawberries Australia, Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association and Raspberries & Blackberries Australia. During the Business Sessions delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading Australian and international experts on a wide range of topics relevant to the growth of their business and the industry.  Many of the topics have been selected by a panel of growers who have focused on the issues that will be pertinent to the berry industry as it expands over the next 5 to 10 years. See More

Hemp Health & Innovation Expo Melbourne – Wrap Up

HHI Expo Melbourne

Hemp, Health & Innovation Expo, Melbourne

On December 2 and 3, despite  the rain, nearly  5000 people attended Melbourne’s inaugural Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium. Over the last 12 months alone there have been groundbreaking movements for hemp and cannabis in Australia; Hemp foods were legalised November 12, the first two commercial legal shipments of medicinal cannabis arrived  in the country, the first defence veteran was dispensed with medical cannabis to medicate post-traumatic stress syndrome and as it stands from August  2017, a total  of 22 licences have been issued allowing patients and doctors to access a legal domestic source of cannabis for medicinal use. This is comprised of 10 medicinal cannabis licences (commercial cultivation and production), six cannabis research licences, and six cannabis manufacture licences. The Office of Drug Control (ODC) has another 56 licence applications under assessment. See More

Want to eat more veggies? There’s an App for that

Scientists have come up with an innovative approach to tackling Australia’s poor vegetable intake, with the launch of a new app that challenges people to eat more veggies. Using a gamified approach, CSIRO’s new VegEze app aims to motivate Australians to add extra vegetables to their daily diets and form long-term, healthier habits through a 21-day ‘Do 3 at Dinner’ challenge. See More

New Fresh Food Precinct Vision

Western Sydney could become the country’s new ‘Fresh Food Precinct’ creating 12,000 jobs for the region when the Western Sydney Airport is up and running. A new report released today, Think Big Think Fresh: A Fresh Food Precinct for Western Sydney Airport, by NSW Farmers’ Association and leading consulting firm KPMG, has found a ‘Fresh Food Precinct’ associated with Sydney’s new airport would:

  • Create a significant amount of jobs and economic development in Western Sydney
  • Provide local Western Sydney communities access to a new fresh market precinct
  • Provide farmers in New South Wales access to new high value lucrative markets in Asia and the Middle East.

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NZ Greenhouse Technical Management Course

Graeme Smith Consulting, in association with GOTafe (Shepparton VIC) and Autogrow (Auckland NZ), have promulgated a 4½ day Greenhouse Technical Management training course to be held at the offices of Autogrow in Auckland NZ from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. See More

Modiform answers call for eco-friendly produce packaging

Modiform packaging

Environmentally friendly packaging suitable for any fruit or vegetable

Dutch firm Modiform has launched an environmentally-friendly and food safe pulp packaging range for the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector, following a successful link-up with UK group Cullen Packaging. PBUK finds out more about the solution that is claimed to tick all the boxes for retailers. Eco-Expert pulp trays are made from 100% recycled paper or card, they can be 100% recycled again, 100% composted or biodegraded in landfill.

Aquaponic Growers Gathering in Portland

Putting Down Roots

Aquaponics Conference & Showroom

The Aquaponics Association will kick off ‘Putting Downs Roots’ – the 2017 national aquaponics conference – on Friday 3 November at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA. The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the world’s foremost aquaponics experts. See More

2018 Irrigation Australia Exhibition – Call for Papers

Call for papers

Call for papers

Irrigation Australia Ltd (IAL) is calling for papers for its 2018 International Conference and Exhibition. The closing date to submit abstracts is Friday 27 October 2017. With the theme ‘Addressing the Big Issues’, the biennial event will be held from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June, 2018, at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney. See More

Aussie magazine continues to enjoy a global readership

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine, first published in 1991 as a print magazine, continues to enjoy a global readership with its inclusion on, a digital publication portal attracting 100 million unique visitors monthly. The magazine is presented in a beautiful, magazine-like reader.

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses is a dual recipient of Publishers Australia’s Bell Award for ‘Best Specialist Magazine’, and the Publisher, Casper Publications, is a three-time recipient of the Bell Award for ‘Best Small Publisher’. The digital magazine is a leading information resource for commercial hydroponic, aquaponic and greenhouse growers worldwide, as well as researchers, educators, students and allied trades.