Tag Archives: ecological methodology

Wooing the naysayers

This is my 36th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life In a recent letter to the editor of a local newspaper, the correspondent referred to organic vegetables as new age … Continue reading

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A new transparency

This is my 35th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life The importance of knowing what is in our food and and how it is produced has grown in relevance. … 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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The Principle of Health

This is my 32nd article for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. In previous articles I have always emphasised the differences that distinguish organic farming from the conventional and especially the industrial farming model. A strong distinguishing feature of organic … Continue reading

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Fighting GM controls

This is my 31st article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement This past Saturday, a worldwide day of action against the bio-tech company Monsanto took place, with marches taking place in all of South Africa’s major cities. What was … Continue reading

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All watched over by machines of loving grace

This video is worth watching. It challenges the romantic view of classical ecology. The central message for me is that change is everything and that our worldview has to be constantly open to change.

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Restoring our grasslands

Take the time to view this TED talk by Alan Savoury on Holistic Management. It challenges the current orthodoxy, that paints grazing animals as a negative influence on the environment. This is bio-mimicry in action. One of the key methodologies … Continue reading

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Chameleon

I thought I would show these two photos as a follow up to my Nature and nurture post. I picked rocket and herbs for a salad yesterday and while putting the salad together this little guy popped out of the … 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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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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