Why Bother With Organic Food?

The Observer Science Editor, Robert McKie wrote an article in this week’s edition entitled “It’s wrong to believe that nature is always best”. You can read it all at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/02/organics-food. The gist is that a recent report again tells us that there is little if any taste difference or nutritional benefit to be gained from eating organicly produced food. He goes on to say that we should use all the technology at our disposal to feed the growing human population.  Here is my answer: Our landscape

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We will reduce our global warming emissions by 80% – it’s official!..?

BE PREPARED TO PLAY YOUR PART IN REDUCING GLOBAL WARMING GAS EMISSIONS – we are all a part of this do need to act NOW. The UK Government has now published it’s UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (available free through http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/publications/lc_trans_plan/lc_trans_plan.aspx). For concerned people, it makes exciting reading with it’s 5-point plan, setting out the issues and plans for action. The Government believes that climate change is a huge threat (and provides evidence) and that the UK can lead the way in protecting us all, preparing

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Incentives for going green?

Ed Miliband has been on the media quite a lot, treading a tight rope in justifying a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth whilst assuring us that the UK Government wanted to be in the forfront of green energy generation. Apparently it has been decided that there will be a new pricing structure for electricity that provides incentives for MICROGENERATION – that is, you own some photovoltaic cells or a wind turbine and sell some energy back to the National Grid. The thing that has been

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Green Britain Day…?

Energy company EDF have announced that Friday July 10th is Green Britain Day. Others, including some energy companies, have denounced this as GREENWASH, that is marketing under the ‘green’ banner with no intention of backing it up with appropriate action. Tim Smit (CEO of The Eden Project) says that it has value, that it is about “small cultural changes that people are happy to make, but that collectively make a big difference.” Such as, if everyone turned their computer off for a day, it would save

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Just how stupid are we?

It is now 9 months since I presented the idea of ‘Carbon-Neutral Cuddington’ to the Cuddington Parish Council and, I’m afraid to say, I have little progress to report. There was a flurry of interest and activity when the village was in the running for the national village of the year competition, but since then we have aborted a group meeting and participation has been minimal. It seems that throughout the UK, with certain noble exceptions, ‘The Environment’ is seen as a bore. People do a

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Hello world!

it is June 16th 2009. I have set up an initial version of this web site using some new technology, and am now working out how to use it. It is very sophisticated, and I’m told it’s a lot easier than creating web pages from scratch – I used to use Dreamweaver – but you need to understand the logic and the tricks. And there is quite a lot of reading to fit in as well if I’m going to do it properly. So it will

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