Explosive farming

Last week in Texas, USA, a fertilizer factory blew up, with devastating consequences for the surrounding area and people. The reason for the explosion was poor handling of the ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in both commercial fertilizer for conventional farming, and bombmaking.

The tragedy again reminded me how conventional farming is a system at war with our planet, a system based on greed and exploitation with no regard for future generations.

Compare that to a visit to an organic farm, where the food is healthy and the farm bursting with life and vitality!

It’s been a while, but at long last we have our own brand of rice back in stock. We have lots of everybody’s favourite fragrant basmati, both white and brown, as well as long-grain brown rice at a very nice price.

More colourfully, we also have wild rice, with its long, thin grains, and brightly coloured red rice available too.

African Agave
Fans of Rawlicious’ agave sweetener may have noticed the change in colour last year. While both the original dark and the new light varieties are raw, the lighter agave has undergone even less processing and has a more neutral, honey-like flavour.

It’s also produced in Tanzania in a very similar way to the old Aztec method, gathering raw sap as it seeps from the plant, rather than processing the pressed core. It’s more labour-intensive, but retains much more of the nutrients. There are many ways of producing agave, most of them resulting in something far-removed from the original. Regular, highly-processed or chemically-produced agave is probably as harmful as high-fructose corn syrup (the diabetes-inducing sweetener added to most soft drinks), so rather stick to organic and minimally-processed.

Have a vitality-filled week,
Ian and the Ethical team

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