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Take care of the future (The principle of care)

This is my 34th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.     One of the great concerns of organic farming has been the proliferation of genetically modified crops. Companies such as Monsanto have been aggressively marketing these crops … Continue reading

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Unlocking secrets of the soil… (The Principle of Ecology)

This is my 33rd article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The second principle of Organic farming is that of ecology. This means that Organic farmers must base our method on living ecological systems and cycles. We must work … Continue reading

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Nature and nurture

This is my 28th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.   A couple of years back I planted a few heirloom Brandywine tomatoes. Growing them in our climate was not easy. The humidity encouraged blight and my tomatoes … Continue reading

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New study confirms superiority of organic over conventional tomatoes.

This paper from Brazil has confirmed that organic tomatoes are better. The study found that vitamin C levels were 50% higher in organic tomatoes and that phenols were up to 139% higher. Phenols are thought to be significant in halting … Continue reading

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Pesticides: Now More Than Ever – NYTimes.com

By Mark Bittman How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see … Continue reading

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Is organic healthier than conventional

This is my 23th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. A while back our local paper carried an article trumpeting a paper that had come out claiming that organic food was no better than conventional. I was approached … Continue reading

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Riding Nature’s Waves

This is my 19th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. I am  writing this column on the first real winters morning. It is seven degrees outside and beautifully crisp. On my daily ritual to open up for the … Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Organic Bacon

This is my 17th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. I have been heartened recently by an obvious surge in interest in Organic produce in KZN. I have had numerous calls enquiring about how to source organic food. … Continue reading

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“The Organic Crusader”, a Farmers Weekly magazine article.

We were fortunate to have an article published in the 7 October edition of the Farmers Weekly titled “The Organic Crusader”. I have included a link to the Farmers Weekly website article and a link to a scanned copy of … Continue reading

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Joel Salatin: How to Prepare for A Future Increasingly Defined By Localized Food & Energy

Joel Salatin: How to Prepare for A Future Increasingly Defined By Localized Food & Energy – Blogs at Chris Martenson. The above link refers to an interview by Chris Martenson of Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Joel has been a … Continue reading

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