Archive | August, 2011

Free Range? What does it mean?

I recently watched Food Inc., which offers some interesting insight into the industrialised production of food in America and which I presume has relevance for us in South Africa, although on a smaller scale. I then came across this well written article on Fair Cape milk and how it uses the the term, ‘Free Range’ […]

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National Arbor Week

From this week to next (1st – 7th September) is National Arbor Week. Part of the celebrations include the selection of three indigenous trees as National Trees of the Year, which this year are: Jacket-plum or bushveld cherry tree (Pappea capensis). Bride’s bush (Pavetta spp.) Common wild elder (Nuxia congesta) For more details on these […]

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Greenwashing versus actual change

This is an amalgamation of various emails that have been sent in by Tuffy, Nedbank, Woolworths and Caturra Coffee. – mol-d Many product manufacturers are guilty of ‘greenwashing’ with their claims of green, eco-friendly or organic; misleading consumers into believing they are purchasing green products, when in fact they are buying into marketing claims. This […]

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The Wafalme kids, a group of 16 young, talented Kenyans between the ages of nine and 23, are spreading the word about the impact of climate change through hip-hop. They recently won the MTV Positive Climate Award with their video, ‘Trash is Cash’. One of the kids is traveling to Denmark in December to the Climate […]

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The amazing Pappea capensis (Jacket Plum)

Details from the ACT site but definitely worth passing on… One hectare of Pappea capensis trees can produce approximately 1560 litres of biodiesel per annum, estimate value: R10,000/ha. Leaves of Pappea capensis are browsed by game, birds, livestock and butterflies and there are numerous medicinal uses for the roots, bark and leaves. Fruit from the […]

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