More than 300 pesticides are permitted in conventional agriculture, and some may combine in a harmful cocktail effect. So for your sake and the planet’s, go organic. These are the UK statistics, Australia’s could be even more than 300.
Turmeric.As the harvest begins here it is worth refreshing why turmeric is held in high regard in India.
Turmeric is one of the most traditional and versatile of spices used in Indian cooking. Its used prolifically in a host of Indian dishes ranging from starters, lentils, beans and vegetables. It has been used for centuries as a curative and cleansing agent. Since early times, it has been associated with purification so that even today, an Indian bride and groom are ritually anointed with turmeric as part of a cleansing ceremony.
Turmeric paste is used as a quick household antiseptic for minor burns and wounds. Also used to sooth inflamed sinuses and is said to help purify the blood.
Turmeric, boiled with milk, sooths an irritating cough. Mixed with water it is used as a skin cleanser.
Turmeric is considered sacred by Hindus.
On festive days, Hindu women apply an auspicious dot of red powder ( Sindoor) on their forehead and one of turmeric on each other’s foreheads as a mark of respect, friendship and goodwill.
Turmeric is an excellent preservative and is used extensively in pickles. I add it, grated, in the hot oil for stir fry, before I place in my other ingredients.
The brush turkey’s are very common around here and yesterday I saw two very young ones following an adult bird to the takeaway outlet which is the hen house. The turkey’s eat all the sorghum grain that the hen’s reject. The hens accept them with-out any aggression.
My open letter regarding the public meeting proposed for March/April in Mullumbimby.
Please forward to any-one who might like to contribute.
After spending time with the young members of the Green Army before they are disbanded for good, I am asking for feed back and support for a public meeting from February on in Mullumbimby. Most of the GA group were very knowledgeable on environmental issues, herbicide use and their limited prospects for future employment.
We need discussion and ideas for paid herbicide free conservation and enhancement work. After our 3 months working on the Huonbrook road side verges, sensible plantings around drain inlets, causeways ect would contribute enormously to proper erosion control, silt build up and eventually to sustainable and economical road side management. Would also mean better drainage for the roads therefor eliminating some pot hole formation. Transplanting of the many indigenous seedlings on the verges, into better positions and away from the Contract mowers that mow once a year. Surely here alone is a viable reason to create hands on real jobs.
Perhaps what Council still spends on herbicides could be diverted to real part time conservation work ?
Our second big issue, for long term certified organic growers like myself and others, who counter spray drift from non organic neighbours ( I don’t but many others do ) and various schemes that under sell certified organic growers, is to find a dedicated person to set up and administer a affordable local certifying body. Not only would it guarantee growers adhering to organic standards, it could promote and tutor new growers and those who mow hectares of grass- to evolve into certified growing for the LOCAL market. With our present certifying fees at 700 dollars for small growers, there are NO foliar or soil tests undertaken anymore therefore making a mockery of growers who adhere to the very strict rules.
Food is going to be a real issue in a not too distant future, now that climate change is changing growing patterns. GM and monoculture will be the biggest losers.
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