We may be earthlings, but the fate of exports still rests on the sea | Earth


In the 17th century, it was often unrestricted on the high seas as the English and Spanish plundered merchant ships for stores and riches – in their ships.

Among these buccaneers, none other than William Dampier, “exquisite in spirit”, the first Englishman to have set foot on Australian soil, then known as New Holland (the Dutch were also there).

This happened in King Sound in 1688, but before Dampier became a privateer he led what could only be described as a sordid life, plundering the gold and silver of others in naval ambushes, carrying out prisoners, capturing African slaves and pillaging colonies from the Caribbean to the west coast of the Americas.

It was difficult to maintain a good supply chain back then because everyone was after everyone’s loot.

Even inside their own ship, a crew would split and split only to end up again off Panama to do a separate plunder and say “what are you doing here too?”. ‘Looting!’

They made their way with basic navigation tools and it was probably a miracle that Dampier ever sailed to the Galapagos Islands. His descriptions of strange fauna later led to Charles Darwin’s visit, helping him refine his evolutionary theories. Of course, the rare Galapagos turtles were ideal food for sailors, as they could store them upside down on the ship and eat them during the voyage.

Dampier has also done incredible things, publishing one of the world’s first travel books, describing the world’s major ocean currents for the first time and exposing the configuration of the continents for many others. He ended up coming to Australia a second time. He skillfully distanced himself from some of the acts of piracy he had witnessed.

Dampier was also the first Englishman to describe lawyers. Aztec fruit, highly sought after, it was said to be an aphrodisiac. It’s now almost a staple on Australian food tables, mashed or unmashed, definitely a favorite of mine.

Much of the shipping was done on the back of hemp – the THC-free type – that European sailors used to make sails and ropes. It was cannabis sativa and a recent ABC Science show had an interesting article by Dr John Higgens on the origins of hemp and its relationship to fellow British explorer / botanist / sailor Sir Joseph Banks. Dr Higgens put forward the theory that hemp was so vital for navigation, that Australia may have been selected primarily as a possible hemp colony, rather than a convict colony.

Banks was tricked by Indians (from India) on a trip and he was given the other hemp – the THC type – cannabis indica (ganga). Wow! He is said to have passed on some ganga to royalty in England, even Coleridge had some to aid his creativity. Kubla Khan?

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But indica cannabis was hopeless for fiber and veil making. Regardless, the confusion of varieties eventually led to the general ban on hemp in many countries because it was seen as a drug rather than a future piece of rope. It was a big mistake because hemp (sativa) is an excellent carbon store and it grows fast! Higgens said hemp has been dethroned by the oil industry and is advocating for revegetation of the global economy in light of climate change.

Anyway I digress, but I will come back to hemp.

Anyway I digress, but I will come back to hemp.

Hemp, the fiber strain of cannabis sativa, is slowly making a comeback in agriculture. It was once the mainstay of sailing for making sails and ropes.

This year I was mostly stuck inside a house, a very unusual thing in my life as I love to travel. But … I can see out to sea, and what I saw was a lot of ships tied up, because they couldn’t get into the harbor.

In fact, the sea all over the world was teeming with ships, so many that it caused rabid congestion. There were more boats jostling each other than in a child’s bath.

People had turned to online shopping and guess how the goods arrived or not, now we have cut back on air freight? Our old friend the ship, the one who has fun in the bath.

It was months ago and still happens now and well it will happen until 2022. Right before Christmas, 100 ships were waiting to unload in the huge port of Los Angeles.

For most of the year, getting freight to Australia was difficult as shipping companies diverted ships to more profitable shipping routes – and mega-ships like the Ever Given (au- above the blockage of the Suez Canal), huge 220,000-ton ships are now to be taken away. for international maritime trade.

(And there was a terrible shortage of shipping containers – not ideal for exporters!)

But guess what? Few mega-ships can dock in Australian ports due to their massive size, and well, we’re a bit behind in the culture of shipping according to this rather contradictory November report from the Australian Competition Commission and Consumption (ACCC), which declared Australia’s ports to be among the worst performing in the world.

During the year Earth with the resources of the Freight Trade Alliance made it possible to expose all the threats weighing on agricultural products arriving to export destinations. We’ve highlighted how much freight is increasing as so many little hands work their way through the supply chain. You see, there is a lot of change from the 17e Century in terms of behavior, but sometimes the results are quite similar – your money ends up in someone else’s pocket.

People enter from the farm to the water’s edge. We’ve had meat exporters, canola exporters angry with the delays and the costs. The cost of shipping tripled in one year, it was a big mess and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon. Industrial relations was plunged into the water, longshoreman Patrick hit by numerous bans by the Maritime Union of Australia, we thought we had all gone back to the bad old days of the 1998 waterfront war.

Australia changed that year. We don’t treat workers like that, that’s what the Federal Court said, and I agree.

But step forward 23 years and you must be wondering if anything has changed.

Exporters and Patrick have been hit by more work bans than at a meeting of abolitionists. There was even a crazy situation where rural freight on a train was unloaded onto trucks and then taken to the port. MUA’s claim that it has the right to decide who works at the water’s edge seems so outdated that I think I can go wear a terrycloth hat. In fact, the state of navigation and the waterfront makes me hungry for days of sailing – and hemp, sativa, when things were a little more predictable.

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