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Red onions

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Probable carcinogen in 30% of all commercial bread

The Soil Association warns that up to 30% of UK bread tested contained glyphosate, the main ingredient in most commercial weedkillers.  Only certified organic bread can guarantee it does not contain glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely sold weedkiller in the world. You may recognise it as the active ingredient in Roundup. The big chemical companies … Continue reading »

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Community farming

Community supported agriculture, or CSA as it is called, is practised in many places:- What is happening in your area?

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Organic vegetable garden at Amrita University

Encouraged by Amma’s message that everyone should be able to eat vegetables grown organically at least once in a week, the college students at Amrita University’s Amritapuri campus have started an organic vegetable garden using natural methods of cultivation. See this link.

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Almond milk

from Lavanya Soak ten almonds overnight. Put in the blender on high with 8-12oz of water (depending on the consistency you prefer) and strain. Sweeten to taste. Or try this method.

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(Coffee) grounds for optimism

In 34 Unexpected Ways you can learn how to use coffee grounds in the garden to enhance plants, repel slugs and cats, grow mushrooms and many other uses – and even get the grounds for free!

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I have just upgraded to a cold press juicer, and everything is lovely!  The old juicer made a noise and left a large cleaning job to do; whereas the new model is almost silent by comparison, and leaves the dry pith in a separate container.  The cleaning is much easier, and I intend to celebrate by … Continue reading »

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Fish farming in Liberia

This Guardian article shows how Liberians with HIV are getting the right food and a source of income.

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Hidden Green – a new community garden in Warwickshire

From Garden Organic “A new community garden project involving housing residents and an alliance of Warwickshire companies and organisations has been unveiled. ‘The Hidden Green’, a thriving growing space in Bishops Itchington, near Leamington, was officially opened this month to mark the start of many years of growing. The previously derelict and disused plot of … Continue reading »

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What’s killing our bees?

This Horizon (BBC) programme looks at what may be responsible for the deaths of bee colonies. “Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. … Continue reading »

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