The Baboons of Citrusdal and a field day with a server

Those that tried to order on Saturday night and Sunday would have noticed we were down. Our server in Denmark crashed and needed to be replaced. Fortunately most people seem to order on Friday, to secure the products that sell out quickly, or at the last minute, so the weekends are quiet and I could use the opportunity to do some tidying up on the server as well as restoring access.

Everything is running smoothly now, and hopefully there are no more sunspots hurtling towards Denmark.

Human Rights Day
Wednesday is a public holiday this week. It won’t affect your deliveries on Thursday, but it will mean that you should place your order as soon as possible, as some of our suppliers won’t be able to deliver on Wednesday, and will not be available for ordering if you leave it to the last minute.

The Baboons of Citrusdal
The baboons must have read my previous newsletter, as they enjoyed a field day amongst the maize and sweetcorn, ensuring there wasn’t much left for the rest of us. The origins of the term “field day” were originally entirely positive, being a rare day in the fields at first for soldiers, and later also for schoolchildren released from their classroom boredom for a field trip, and now for baboons.

Somehow, in the Victorian era, the fields took on a negative slant, becoming associated with scandal and the press having a field day.

Personally I think we all need more field days, scandalous or not.

GM Labelling
Many of you may have seen newspaper articles about the tests done on various brands to see whether they contain genetically-modified material. Celeriac infant cereal, Pronutro and Impala maize meal were all tested and found to be largely GM. I didn’t understand the outcry at first, as I’ve been assuming that everything containing maize and soya in particular will be GM, but it looks like I’d missed the new legislation meaning that this now needs to be prominently labelled.

Labelling is critical, and I’m constantly amazed at how people respond to labels. The outcry when a high-sugar cereal could no longer claim to be “good for you”. Avoiding the chips stating “Contains Tartrazine” in prominent writing, while going for the brand with equally nasty ingredients in the fine print. Or vegetarians choosing the brand of yoghurt prominently displaying that it contains live AB cultures, while not noticing it contains animal products (most yoghurt contains gelatin).

Labelling can be a minefield, but a minefield with too much information is far better than one with none at all. Congratulations to the African Centre for Biosafety for arranging the tests and the subsequent publicity.

Have a great week, and remember to place your order early.
Ian and the Ethical team

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