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Organics on the rise in Europe.

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 6% last year to a record £2.2bn, fuelled by strong growth through independent outlets and home delivery which outpaced sales in rival supermarkets.

Almost 30% of all organic sales now take place online or on the high street, according to a new report from Soil Association, the trade body which licenses organic products and promotes organic farming.

In a sixth year of consecutive growth, sales have bounced back after plummeting following the recession. Last year’s £2.2bn figure – up from £2.09bn in 2016 – beats the pre-recession all-time high of £2.1bn in 2008.

The organic market is still dwarfed by the size of the overall food and drink sector – the largest manufacturing segment in the UK and now worth £112bn according to the the Food and Drink Federation. However, non-organic sales edged up by only 2% over the same period, the report says.

Sales of organic products in supermarkets rose by 4.2% to £1.5bn, while independents – delis, fine food stores, health shops, farm shops, farmers’ markets and retailers such as Whole Food Markets and Planet Organic – enjoyed a 9.7% sales jump to £359m. Home delivery services including box schemes saw a jump of 9.5% to £286m.

Consumers are also buying more organic items in non-food categories, snapping up beauty products, where sales rose 24%, and textiles, where sales soared by 25%.


Is glyphosate toxic to humans?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has found trace amounts of a widely-used and controversial herbicide in roughly 30 per cent of food products it tested, and residue levels above the recommended limits in nearly four per cent of grain products.

Canada’s food safety watchdog released a report this week outlining the results of its glyphosate testing program which looked at more than 3,100 samples of domestic and imported food products in 2015 and 2016.

READ MORE: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: 2017’s list of fruits, vegetables with the most pesticides

Testing used 482 samples of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, 2497 samples of grains (barley, buckwheat, and quinoa), beverages, bean, pea, lentil, chickpea and soy products and 209 retail samples of infant foods.

Here’s what the CFIA found when it tested food products for glyphosate residue and measured it against the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) set by Health Canada.







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Sunday, restful.

The garden is providing a wide variety of food for the kitchen. Beetroot is flourishing along with cabbages, kale, lettuces and tomatoes. Parsnip and carrots, earlier pruned by the wallabies, who learnt how to jump the fence, have bounced back.

The active ingredients found in common household weed killers such as Roundup and Yates can cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotics, scientists have warned.
In a new study published in the scientific journal Microbiology, researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that three of the most commonly used herbicides – glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup), dicamba (found in Yates), and 2,4-D – caused E.coli and salmonella to become less susceptible to antibiotics.
Jack Heinemann, a professor in molecular biology and genetics, and one of the authors of the study, said the findings show that “bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine”.
Antibiotic resistance is a phenomenon where bacteria become unresponsive to treatments that were once highly effective in killing them – making common infections and diseases harder to treat and, occasionally, lethal.
The research, which builds on a 2015 study conducted by the same group that first established the link between weed killers and antibiotic resistance (also known as antimicrobial resistance), found that both the active and inert ingredients in the chemicals can cause bacteria to adapt to the harsher environment and hence become more resistant against antibiotics.


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Creeks and drains are for water, not herbicides.

Shea updating a sign with her art work.

Spraying into a drain, Left Bank Road, October 2016

From the NSW Greens.

We have just finished the end of the last session of the year in the NSW Parliament and the Senate is about to wrap up – and what a shameful display by the Liberal/National Baird and Turnbull Governments it has been!

In the NSW Parliament they have rammed through changes that will undermine ICAC, the body that holds corrupt politicians and their mates to account. They have weakened laws that protect our environment and biodiversity, to allow increased land clearing. They have put our crown lands at risk of sell-off and overdevelopment. And they have introduced cruel shark nets in our oceans.

While the laws that passed were bad – as Greens MPs we successfully amended the laws to protect commons across NSW, and made sure that the views of so many that the Baird Liberal/National Government ignores were heard.

Sunday night dinner.


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