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New hope swells

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. It has been reported that that this September has shown the highest temperatures recorded globally since 1880, … 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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The seeds of freedom…

By Rob Symons This is my 40th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life KwaZulu Natal and the the Eastern Cape are characterised by deep-cut river valleys that flow down to … Continue reading

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Growing together

By Rob Symons This is my 39th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life Organic farming in KwaZulu-Natal and indeed in South Africa has been fragmented for a long time. There … 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 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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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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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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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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