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Starting a small organic garden

I’m really new at this whole organic thing, but then again, as I really reflect on my eating choices, I’ve been choosing organic for a few years now. It is my plan to start an organic garden when the season is right. What would you suggest for a resource on growing a small organic garden.
Thank you.
Melissa Larson

Don’t eat GM rice says American specialist

Speaking about genetically modified rice, Dr Doug Gurian-Sherman, a former biotech specialist at the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency and Senior Scientist at the Centre For Food Safety said:

“Risks should not be taken with public health for the convenience of companies or of government.”

On the basis of the incomplete evidence currently available, he went on to say:

“I wouldn’t eat it myself.”

Crisps cross Tesco’s

The Telegraph reports, “Tyrrells Potato Chips, an independent Herefordshire-based company with a turnover of just £10m, had refused to supply its upmarket ranges to Tesco but found that the retailer was selling its products at a reduced price in 70 stores, having sourced them on the grey market. Following complaints from Tyrrells, Tesco declined to stop selling the products. So Will Chase, Tyrrells’ founder, appointed HBJ Gateley Wareing, the law firm, to examine his legal options. Tesco – which has a turnover of £39.5bn – said yesterday that it would ‘respect Tyrrells’ decision’ and stop selling the lines. The move came a day after Tesco announced a major initiative to boost links with small suppliers as it looks to shed its bully-boy image.” The Telegraph

Green and countryside living

Am so encouraged by your site and efforts at educating people about organic foods and their benefits. I am an advocate of green and countryside living. Am hoping to get myself a little place where i can grow some herbs and greens for salads, and hopefully open a little village organic store. All the best and more power!

Marida Paez

Climate change at the top of the agenda

A special report in The Independent titled Disappearing World takes a look at the impact of climate change. In an article stating that Britain must act now to cut carbon emissions or pay the price later, Cahal Milmo reports, The first comprehensive account of the measures needed to ensure Britain does its bit to avoid dangerous climate change – by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, one of the leading scientific bodies on global warming – is published today with a warning that failure to act now will only require more drastic action at a later date. The study found that the UK needs to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent over the next 30 years. The reduction is far greater than that planned by the Government, which has set a target of a 60 per cent reduction by 2050. (The Independent)

They say such sweet things…:-)


Flattery works…. I was most pleased to read this little piece in ‘House & Home Ideas Magazine’ about me, entitled ‘Eco-Hero’… Ooooh!

Free Range Organic Meat?

Can you tell me if all organic meat is produced humanely i.e. not intensively farmed. I have been eating organic meat for a while now but have a friend who says organic just means no antibiotics not free range. Also I try to buy british meat where possible but do other countries have different or weaker organic policies as I have noticed supermakets often have organic meat from South America.

Tanya Warburton

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