Silent Autumn

Our empty warehouse looks a lot plumper this week, as quite a few of our delayed orders arrived. All sorts of old staples are back in stock again, such as basmati rice and jasmine rice, so enjoy browsing the expanded order form.

We also have a more steady supply of butter from Camphill in Hemel en Aarde.

Pesticides
If you’re buying organic food, you’re probably well aware of the effects of pesticides, particularly when concentrated. Farmworkers and their families have been exposed to all sorts of dangers, and suffered serious health consequences.

Recently, a family of pesticides has been fingered in the epidemic killing honeybees in the US and Europe, while the pesticide manufacturer still assures us that their testing has shown no danger.

This week, new research has shown the lethal effects of common pesticides, at the regular, recommended dosages, on frogs and amphibians. One third of all known amphibians are endangered, and their numbers are declining precipitously. The cause hasn’t been known. Now, a relatively simple set of tests, exposing frogs to regular dosages of pesticides, has had dramatic results.

Some frogs died within an hour of exposure. The most harmful appeared to be pyraclostrobin. Another, dimethoate, when applied at only 10% of the standard dosage, killed 40% of the amphibians within a week.

It’s fifty years since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring brought the effects of pesticides to global consciousness. We learn slowly, still applying barely tested pesticides in high dosages to our crops, still unthinkingly buying them, even now inserting them into the very DNA of our plants.

We’re oversleeping and it’s time to wake up!

Have a healthy week,
Ian and the Ethical team

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