The big question is at the moment: How to stop sending nutrients away from our land and not having to buy in new nutrients to replace them? On a larger scale, that is. How else to earn money to pay for municipal rates, land taxes, maintaining and replacing infrastructure, work cover and other insurance, superannuation, etc. when you don't sell anything? The principles of permaculture and sustainable agriculture are about nutrient cycling with no net losses or inputs to the system. I currently sell tens of tonnes of naturally produced, chemical and preservative free beef, lamb, timber, etc. locally and use this currency to provide locally sourced inputs from outside eg. poultry litter and manure, and cold, hard cash to pay Government utility fees, levies, 5 different licences, funds for retirement, operating costs, etc. Profit margins are slim due to our Australian dollar monetary value and as foreign food imports produced far less cleanly in a food safety and chemical sense become cheaper and mainstream and our government insists on a free trade policy which only we adhere to. Like fighting a two armed opponent with both of your arms removed and one leg tied up. Look at the produce in your local supermarket- garlic from Russia, ginger from China, no locally produced orange juice at all, many labels saying " made from local and imported products". Australian people, as a generalisation do not care where their food arrives from or what it contains as long as it is cheap, and it is not even that really. I often go looking at local, so called farmer's markets near large population centres and the majority of the produce on sale has come direct from the wholesale fruit and veg. market floor that morning. The few that really care and have disposable income buy their food at higher prices at organic certified food outlets which are on the rise. I find that smaller, regional farmer's markets are the real thing with fresh seasonal stuff plucked late the evening before and all sold for cash to meet the market present on the day. Only cash received, no GST, no taxation withdrawn probably at all. How long will they let that go on? Where to go from here. We are getting closer to a retirement age, which means that we have to fund our lives for the next 35 years or so from our productive lives to date. If you have a house on the waterfront which you own in this country maybe valued at $900000 you can apply for an aged pension, such that it is. If you have your house on a farm which you have bought and paid for by the sweat of your brow, not inherited, of the same value which you use to generate income it is asset tested and you would not be eligible to get a pension. We have long recognised this and planned accordingly. The reply given is "that is the lifestyle which you choose to live" so those are the facts. Is it a fair thing to have paid in excess of $2Million dollars in taxation over your life , never been a financial burden on society and be treated this way? Looks like another set of local family farms will be sold to Chinese, Korean, Japanese or other corporate interests in a few years I suppose. We have had two unsolicited Chinese investment delegations doorknock already this year, seemed really surreal at the time, but it must be that I am out of touch with society in general and that the global economy and global custodianship (ownership) rather than parochial sovereignty of land and water resources in Australia is the accepted norm now.