Unwanted fishing records

Catching a whopper
A record was broken for a fish catch this week in Japan. Nothing to do with size though. As the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima continues to release radiation into the ocean, a fish a whopping 2500 times over the legal radiation safety level was caught this week.

While Japan debates whether to move away from nuclear, Fukushima, the area devastated by the disaster, has made up its mind. They’re building the world’s largest wind farm.

Germany has also made the decision to move away from nuclear and has hugely expanded its wind generation capacity. It’s struggling though with transmission issues, as the windy northern coastal areas are far removed from the southern industrial areas that use most of the power, and it hasn’t yet equipped the grid to deal with surges on windy days.

Fukushima suffers no such problems, already being close to existing power infrastructure.

South Africa is also slowly expanding it’s renewable energy offerings, but is still forging ahead with destructive new coal power plants. Sadly our dabbling in renewable energy seems nothing more than lip-service at the moment, and it’s still business as usual.

Organic grapes
The grapes last week came in boxes labelled as “containing sulphur dioxide”. Regular grapes are one of the more heavily sprayed crops, so this was alarming, but we’ve been assured by Naturally Organic that these are the same certified organic grapes that are exported, but the farm simply provided them in regular packaging. Thanks to everyone who pointed this out to us.

Snapping up sesame snaps
We have lots of specials again this week, including sesame snaps. The certified organic sesame snaps are popular, but we ended up with an extra carton of them, so a pack of four is going for R31 instead of the usual R44 until Tuesday only.

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to place your order before Tuesday 2pm, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter

Remember you can adjust your order anytime up until the time 2pm cutoff time, so even if you’ve already placed an order there’s still time to avoid the queues in the shops.

Have a great week,
Ian and the Ethical team