Failing brakes and exploding watermelons

When people ask me what I do, I usually say that I “deliver organic veggies”. Except that I don’t literally deliver the veggies – I normally do things like write newsletters at 5am.

That changed yesterday, when I got got a call in the early hours of the morning saying that the truck had broken down. The truck has broken down before – far too frequently in fact, but normally it’s on a more convenient day leaving us time to make alternative plans. No such luck today, as, with Gideon and Delphin on Suikerbossie hill, the brakes failed. Luckily they weren’t hurtling down the hill – they’d just pulled off – so no harm done to them, the veggies or the truck.

So, some of you may have seen me, looking a little sleep-deprived, dropping off boxes today. Thanks to Dan who also helped out at the last minute.

Some borax with your meal?
China has become notorious for lax food controls, from melamine-laden milk and infant formula, bleached mushrooms, cadmium in rice to a dash of arsenic soy sauce.

Even in China, many Chinese prefer imported food, seeing it as safer, leading to fairly common fraud where food labelled as imported is actually grown in China.

The latest symptom of a food-growing philosophy gone-wrong involved a number of farmers applying forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator, to their watermelon crop in an attempt to get them to grow bigger and faster. The result? The watermelons did grow more quickly, but perhaps a little too much. The afflicted watermelons “exploded like landmines“.

They couldn’t be fed to humans so they were instead fed to pigs, making eating pork an even more explosive experience after the recent contamination of pork with borax in order to make it look more like beef.

Welcome to industrial farming!

New this week
We have quite a few items back in stock this week, including turmeric, coconut milk, brazil nuts and sesame snaps, as well as some new items. Arjuna and Brahmi are two herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, the former for heart disease and the latter to promote memory and concentration, particularly amongst the elderly.

We also have garlic nibs in a grinder and another variety of Rapunzel’s organic chocolate.

Have a great week,
Ian and the Ethical team

Go to www.ethical.org.za to order

Comment ( 1 )

  1. gk

    Sheesh, it has always amazed me the rate and volume at which China "produces" their exports, often at the wanton expense of their lands, their animals and their peoples. It is becoming increasingly uncool to support China, by proxy, by doing such things as purchasing goods produced there as well as reducing what we buy at commercial food houses like Pick and Pay, Woolworths et al. I will sleep well tonight knowing the only growth accelerant we add to our edible garden at home is earthworm tea. Thank you again for the valuable service you provide and edifying blog posts. Made is China se ma se!