A burst of energy


Great news this month is that NERSA, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, has approved some quite generous renewable energy feed-in tariffs. Based on the famous scheme pioneered in Germany, and which helped spark the solar industry there, this should result in a dramatic increase in renewable energy offerings here. Coming shortly after Eskom put its nuclear plans on hold, it’s good news locally on the energy front.

Organic honey

We have honey that’s certified organic by BDOCA available this week. Certified organic honey is rare, as even bees on an organic farm forage over a long distance, and will likely come across crops that aren’t organic. Fizantakraal honey is farmed in the Du Toit’s Kloof mountains. The honey is cold extracted and bottled in glass jars on the farm, preserving the enzymes found only in raw honey. The honey is fynbos honey, and so is ‘multifloral’ with each batch varying greatly.

Genetically-modified food

Two key developments this week. In the first, the German government has banned the cultivation of GM maize joining five other European countries doing so. And, a major study finds that claims of increased yields for GM crops in the US are false. It looks like the only thing that increases are pesticide sales.

A glimpse of the past, and of the future

This week’s video looks at a Vietnamese food forest that’s been in the family for 300 years, and, with minimal effort, provides much of their food and medicine. View it here.

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Have a great week,
the Ethical Co-op team