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Hi there,
Just like to say, great website. I am now a full convert to organic fruit and veg etc. I’m addicted to the stuff. I actually have an organic box delivered each week, sort of boycotting the supermarkets these days, hardly any organic produce there these days, strange.

Keep up the great work,
David Tait

Raw organic milk

I live in north East Fife, in Scotland and was brought up on raw “green top” unpasteurised milk, as it was, as nature intended.

When this was banned in Scotland, I turned to ordinary pasteurised milk, but now, all milk, even organic, seems to be homogenised – but I read that in Australia, this type of milk treatment has raised health issues, mostly do with heart health.

Is there any organic producer that only pasteurises, but does not homogenise their milk? I used to be able to buy Rachael’s Dairy whole unhomogenised milk locally, but it is no longer available. I now buy Yeo Valley, but even that is homogenised!

Can you help?
Hilary.

Earth Day food prep

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It’s been a great Earth Day so far… First, we finally dug up the lawn ready to plant a new crop of tomatoes, greens, herbs, beans and precious strawberries. When I say ‘we’, I mean the gardener, but either way, the water-guzzling grass has gone!

Next up is the fabulous community Earth Day weekend plan… which is this: a Block-Wide Yard Sale! This means that all of the houses on my street have been invited to sell and recycle their unwanted junk. What’s one person’s junk is somebody else’s treasure. It’s also a chance for everyone to say hello to each other, and if we’re lucky, our neighbors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutsen are going to teach us how to make home-brewed beer.

Why not plan a local community sale of some kind where you live?

Monsanto crop fails in Africa

The Times of Zambia has just reported that three types of Monsanto genetically engineered (GE) corn has failed to pollinate affecting 82,000 hectares (202 000 acres) of vital food production land. Corn (maize) is a staple food in Africa and farmers regularly fight drought, but never before have their plants failed to be pollinated.

Such a catastrophic event is unheard of and highlights the dangers that have been forecast by scientists about the risks to food security posed by Genetically Engineered Organisms. GE crops have been aggressively marketed in developing countries including South Africa, and portrayed by agribusiness as the solution to the Worlds’ food security. The reality is the opposite – this year many people will hunger as a direct result of the Monsanto corn failing to pollinate.

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