Food for health

I have just published in the Gbiota club area a short article on closed Gbiota beds.

This is available for free by joining the Gbiota club but why - you may ask - do I do it this way rather than simply putting up on my web? Valid question and the answer is important.

Technology is a major issue in modern society potentially bringing major benefits to some but harm to others. The pace of change has increased dramatically in my life time - I know from first hand experience. I was an early pioneer in the computer revolution with the company I founded from my spare bedroom becoming a significant international company and the leading exporter of technical software from Australia.

But I moved on to new technologies and one of my next developments was in an intelligent irrigation schedule system using what is called artificial intelligence (AI) but is really just self learning. AI is incredibly effective at learning and dissecting massive amounts of information which is well beyond any human capacity.

Even to someone dedicated to technology this is real scary stuff.

But this immense capability of modern technology - left unchecked - can be a major threat to the stability of society, displacing millions of people from their jobs and drastically lowering their living standards of many.

Technology has the capacity to dramatically improve the life of people - but the benefits should flow reasonably equitably to all members of the community and not reduce the quality of life of the many while making a few unbelievably wealthy.

Apart from being unfair and socially unjust this leads to major social dissatisfaction and destabilisation of society. We see the result of this when we switch on the news.

As one of those people responsible for developing new technology I think all of us technology developers have a duty to think of the social consequences of the technology we are developing.

My area of technical development is now in how we produce our food. Now this really matters as people are getting sick and dying prematurely from inappropriate food for human beings.

I think we are all well aware of the reasons, trillions of dollars are literally sloshing from the financial institutions - the banks, pension funds and the like looking for to make the highest return regardless of the social consequences. The chemical industrial agricultural system may be making some very rich but it is harming and killing people on a grand scale.

People are getting fat an sick all over the globe and it goes directly back to the food we eat. My interest is in how to improve peoples health by the food that will make them healthy readily and economically available - health from food.

Technically I feel very comfortable with the progress I and the many others have made. Our understanding of soil and how biology contributes to the availability of nutrients, the ability to store water and create a sustainable structure to survive adverse weather events (and I might add store carbon) has improved dramatically.

In my rather niche area of Gbiota beds we now have the capacity to grow produce full of nutrients and biology which are needed for our gut biota - our intelligent control system - which ultimately determines what and how much we want to eat.

There is no issue - how our food is grown really matters and we have made major advances in technology in growing food which will make us healthy.

But then we hit a road block!

I live in a major horticultural area where I talk to young and idealistic growers who really want to improve their soils to grow food which will make people healthy. They tell me they wish the community would support them by buying their food. On the other side I also talk to many other people who really want to eat food which will improve their health but find it difficult or unreasonably expensive to buy healthy food.

Both sides want the same thing yet is just not happening the way it should - that is what the food for health project is all about - connecting socially and environmental concerned growers with health aware consumers.

Mechanically this is not to difficult as linking them together by web sites such as my pickandeat.shop is straight forward but the critical issue is trust. Consumers have to trust that food is grown the way it should be and growers have to trust they are going to get paid.

The key to establishing this trust is creating local groups with local coordinators who can bring the two side together. This is currently the missing link. So this is an appeal if there are people out there who feel they may be interested in taking up this socially important role can they please get in touch with me by email and be part of reversing the chronic disease health epidemic - giving people the tools (food) to prevent them getting fat and sick in the first place.

If you don't want to bean active participant in this food for health project there and just want a passive role there are two things you can do.

The www.pickandeat.shop web site should be up and running in a couple of weeks. Just go and register yourself as a prospective consumer and secondly ask your friends to register as well. The information is totally confidential and will not be disclosed.

Most of my readers just want to grow some of their own food - which is absolutely fine by me - but if you are interested in a small scale local business then you can also register as a grower. And of course if you are a commercial grower we would love to have you on board - even if you are not planning to use the Gbiota system but your own version of regenerative farming.

There are also other activities which also fall into the food for health camp - for example fermented food products and sour dour bread are an important part of the food for health scene and are welcome on board. Any enquiries just email me colinaustin@bigpond.com

New videos in the food for health project

Food for health - making it happen

Technically we know how to grow food to make people healthy and to reverse the chronic disease epidemic. But any new technology changes the way society works. Here we look at how society needs to change to take advantage of the improved ways of growing healthy foods.


Food for Health - overview


Overview of how food affects our health by changing our gut biology which controls what and how much we want to eat https://youtu.be/Yw-3YwuFow4?list=PLZTl8QH0bk5_pc9qEc0Ot_s8kKH9cAvzF

Food for health - quick and easy


Colin - the engineer - shows how he can make a meal in 5 minutes from garden to plate


Food for health - food shopping

Candy and Nana go shopping and we learn what kids want to buy


Food for health - cooking for taste

Lina shares her tips on how to cook food so it tastes good after a busy day at work


Food for health - gut biology

We may be winning the war against infectious diseases but non-infectious diseases or chronic diseases are outweighing the gains causing a health epidemic. The reason is damage to our gut biology which acts as an intelligent controller deciding how much and what types of food we want to eat. This is not going to be changed by some magic diet but by tuning each individuals gut biology by a customising diet.


The quality of our food dominates our health yet across the globe people are getting sick and dying from bad food.

To make is worse our soil and water for the future survival of our children is being destroyed to satisfy the greed of a few wealthy executives and financiers who control the food industry.

But it need not be this way - all people should have access to food for health - food which will make them healthy at a price they can afford.

We have the technology to make this happen - all it needs is for people to form groups and cooperate so they can buy directly from enlightened farmers.

The immense power of the mega corporations with it's multi billion dollar advertising seems untouchable but coordinated community action - people power - has even greater power for change.

I started the community action group - the Gbiota Club - to develop the technology to grow food for health. We have succeeded - we know how to economically grow food for health.
Now we have to make food for health available across the globe. Not easy but do-able.

People power can do it.

Growers want to grow food for health and conserve their soil. Similarly consumers want to eat food for health. Both growers and consumers want the same thing - but they are not coordinated - they need a way to work together as a team - how to create that team is now our challenge.

We need regional groups of health conscious consumers who can work with local growers to convince them there is a market for food for health and organise the distribution of food from farm to home.

We may lack the billions the food mega corporations spend - but time and time again people power with a firm belief has has triumphed overcome insurmountable obstacles.

Our belief is that that all people should have access to food for health at a price they can afford.

Together we can do this.

So why not join the Gbiota club in our battle to give all people food for health they can afford.

For my locality I have created a Facebook page 'Food for health Bundaberg' and I am asking you to join the Gbiota club and form you own local food for health group and create a similar page for your region.

Below is a list of articles you can study to learn more. I ask you to read these then email me colinaustin@bigpond.com so we can work out how we can work together to create people power in the food for health movement in your locality.

But first a little about the technology and then a short story.

GBiota beds

Some twenty years ago we developed and promoted the very simple concept of a Wicking bed with a water reservoir below the surface so water could wick up to the root zone of the plants - this has proved a very effective and water efficient growing system.

Now we have evolved this into the Gbiota bed in which a nutrient rich compost tea is pulsed on a flood and drain cycle into the water reservoir.

The aim is more than growing nutrient rich plants but to simulate the natural process of improving gut biology which has a profound effect on health.

We see one application as growing baby greens to act as sugar blockers in the battle against diabetes, overweight and other chronic diseases. We invite interested people to join us in the Gbiota club to help reverse the current health epidemic.


The story of good Sir phytonutrients and his battle with the dodgy butcher


There is nothing like a good tense fairy story drama - and there is one going on right now and this is how it goes -


ft1.jpgOnce upon a time my wife Xiulan, a qualified doctor got diabetes - looked liked ending up a blind cripple - and the food and medical industry seemed determined that was the way it was going to stay when galloping along on a white horse came the gallant knight - Sir Phytonutrients.

Yes phyto-nutrients in the form of fresh high nutrient vegetables returned her blood sugar to normal and we all lived happily ever after - no not the end.


ft2.jpgThere are some 500 million diabetics around the world which means every thirty seconds someone has a leg chopped off. The moral of that story could be don't buy mince from a dubious butcher but Sir Phytonutrient said no - I can save the world if you give me a chance - just let people eat fresh high nutrient fruit and vegetables and the world will be a very different - and happier place.


ft3.jpgBut the evil genius - Dr Big Food - living in his castle which looks remarkably like a supermarket had different ideas and ruled that everyone should eat food full of fats and sugars and low in nutrients so he and his sister Lady Pharmaceutical could stay being very very rich.


ft4.jpg That's when Sir Phytonutrient came to me and said - you are the father of Wicking Beds - I need to grow vegetables full of nutrients which means lots and lots of biology and minerals - but if I put that in a Wicking Bed it will go very very pongy and everyone will run into the clutches of Dr Big Food and have their legs chopped off.

You must invent me a new type of Wicking Bed that is full of biology and nutrients and does not go pongy. So that is what I did - and I called it Gbiota in tribute to our Gut Biology which controls our health. And we all lived happily ever after - no not the end.


Image result for market garden Sir Phytonutrient said we need lots of growers - all over the world. We have white, yellow, brown, black and purple legs to save (with the help of Elon Musk's Mars rockets) and we have to tell these people they can save their legs if they listen to me and ignore Dr. Big Food and Lady Pharmaceuticals.

But I can't do that I told Sir Phytonutrient, I am an old man soon to be eighty and they have billions of dollars to spend on advertising and I don't have that sort of money so I am sorry Dodgy Butcher has an assured supply of raw material.


ft6.jpgThen said Sir Phytonutrient you need friend to help, lots of friends. Twenty years ago years you told a few friends about Wicking Beds and they told their friends and who told their friends now WIcking Beds are everywhere in the world.

You must go and ask your friends for help.


ft7.jpgOk I said to Sir Phytonutrient - I will write a story and call it Food revolution, then I will write more stories about how to reverse diabetes, and how to build Gbiota beds, and set about making a web site so people can buy food directly from the growers so the growers can earn a good living and consumers can buy at a reasonable price.

And so I wrote and wrote until my fingers ached and my eyelids fell shut and a fell asleep at my computer for three whole days.


ft8.jpgAnd when I woke up I listed all the stories at the bottom of my home page and waited to see if all my friends had deserted me or would come galloping over the hill on their fine horses to save all those peoples legs and put the dodgy butchers out of business.


ft9.jpgSo you can email me

- you can tell me that I am a senile old man who should be in care, that all this talk about glyphosate destroying our gut biology and the soil is just propaganda from extreme greenies

- that Monsanto is a wonderful company and look what a great job agent orange did in the Vietnam war and all that talk about birth defects is nothing to do with agent orange but because all Asian are homosexual (my wife is Asian and definitely not homosexual)

so please take me off your mailing list - which I will do with the greatest of pleasure



ft10.jpg - you can say how can I help and I will suggest you can become a Gbiota grower and I will help you with advice on how to set up a Gbiota bed

And how you can advertise on the new website I am creating Pickandeat.shop (all for free - that's my contribution) so people can buy your produce and they can be healthy and you can have a satisfying ethical business


ft12.jpg - or maybe you can set up a food hub where produce from the various farms can be boxed for easy pick up,

- or you can tell you friends about Sir Phytonutrient both physical and on social media so the message about the magic of phytonutrients gets out.

- or at the very least you can feel happy that someone worries that your grand kids and their grands kids have a sustainable world to live in with good healthy food from healthy soil. No not the end.

And now I wait for the emails so I know how the story finishes.

Colin Austin

ps you may think I am a bit obsessive about diabetes, well being a blind cripple is pretty motivating, but the fact is everyone should be eating healthy food full of phytonutrients not just for their health but for the planet. The Gbiota system is far less wasteful and actually recycles waste and restores the soil. Remember save the planet - it is the only one that's got chocolate.

Newfood 30 April 2019 Setting up alternative food system to provide food to make us healthy

Sugar blockers and baby greens 30 april 2019 how baby greens act as sugar blockers and change gut biology to control appetite  

Food revolution11Apr19.pdf how we plan to reverse the health epidemic by food

Joining the Gbiota club 12 April 19  How to join and conditions

phytonutrients.pdf 12april19 how Gbiota bed imporve health by phytonutrients

Gbiota manual update.pdf 11 April 19 Very important update on how to make Gbiota beds

wantedfarmers.html 19 April 19 appeal to farmers to grow high nutrient food to fight the health crisis

modtradag.html 11 April 19 about how trational agriculture can be modernised to fight the health crisis

Health crisis 15 Mar 19  about the current diabetes epidemic and lack of advice on nutrition

gbiota_project.pdf   8 Mar 19  About our current health crisis

paradigm29Jan19.pdf    changing the healthy food paradigm