Category Archives: Lifestyle

Keeping gardens healthy

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Of all the questions I am asked on the subject of home food gardens the majority are … Continue reading

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Entertaining banter about Banting

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Recently I was honoured to be invited to pianist Christopher Duigan’s annual pop-up dinner event, the Table. … Continue reading

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Low-carb, high-fat a low blow

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. I have been at a number of functions lately where talk has drifted to diet,  most particularly … Continue reading

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Paucity of Choice

By Rob Symons This is my 38th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life I cannot help noticing whenever I go shopping or eat out, the steadily diminishing variety and diversity … Continue reading

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Supply and Demand

This is my 37th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life   At this time of the year the farm routine shifts up a gear. As we approach mid-summer; the newly … Continue reading

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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 Fair Deal (the principle of fairness)

This is my 34th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.   Most of us think of organic farming in terms of healthy, pesticide free food. However there is another critical, ethical component of Organic farming, The principle of … 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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Trust in meat suppliers eroded

This is my 30th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. In recent weeks food issues have gained prominence in the media. Most notably we have had the results of the Stellenbosch study on retail meats in which it … Continue reading

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