Happy Monday to you!
This week we are looking into how organic farming can help to fight climate change.
We are getting into full swing of the festive season with cherries available this week (YUM!). Plus we have watermelon, honeydew, apricots and peaches available too - the Fruit Boxes are looking sensational.
And in case you are getting into festive swing yourself, we are offering a 7 day detox to kickstart your 2020. Delivery will be on 8th or 9th of January ready to start on January 10th. We will have more information on how you can order over the next few weeks.
We wish you a Cherry Christmas!
This week you can order fresh and delicious organic cherries delivered!
Did you know that cherries have been named as one of the "dirty dozen"? This means they are one of 12 fruits and vegetables that farmers use a large amount of toxic chemicals on and are very likely to contain residues.
Other items on this list are strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.
To order some this week, you can order a fruit box or order them separately with your regular box.
Organic Farming and Climate change
Eating organic is not only better for your health, but it may also be better for the environment.Because organic farming does not allow the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers, nitrogen levels on organic farms tend to be lower per hectare than on conventional farms which establishes a climate-friendly production system.
It's all in the Fertiliser...
Organic farming may require more land, but when it comes to climate, fertiliser is a key issue. Organic agriculture does use fertilisers and pesticides, but not synthetic ones.
Conventional agriculture relies on nitrogen-based fertilisers. Nitrous oxide emissions from nitrogen fertiliser are estimated to have around 300 times the effect on warming the atmosphere than the same amount of carbon dioxide.
Reduced energy use
Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides require a significant amount of energy to produce.
Organic agriculture requires far less energy consumption per unit of land. Using available manure and mulch from the farm requires little energy to produce and reduces the need for fuel required for transportation.
Organic practices such as returning crop residues to the soil, crop rotation and nitrogen balancing increase carbon in the soil, which means less carbon in the atmosphere.
Better for today and tomorrow...
Aside from creating a better future, organic farming also creates a better environment. Bees and other pollinators are protected from harmful chemicals, and while animal welfare is often neglected with conventional farming, organic farming requires that animals are treated in a humane way. Local producers are supported, stimulating a healthy economy and reducing transport costs. And finally, we can all reap the health benefits of eating produce that is free from harmful toxins, reducing the strain on our healthcare system.
GM FREE SA.
If you are passionate about keeping SA GM free please read this post we put up last night regarding urgent help we need in writing to politicians to stop the current goverment pushing through legislation to remove the ban on GM
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