Sweet, Sweet Heat
It’s been over 30 celsius for the first two weeks of August, and now it’s around 25 for these last two. Not great for gardening during the day, but fabulous weather all round for summer!
The lack of rain has not done any favours to the farmers, but the advantage of this unexpected heatwave is that pruning can be done early. According to the national news reports on TV, drought is a great time for pruning, as the aridity provides some protection against water-borne illnesses of trees.
If in Drought, Chop (sorry)
In light of this new information, and the drop to fun….
Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification
One of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in a move that would bring Australia in line with European regulators.
Under current Australian organic standards, products lose organic certification if they contain any level of GM material.
That’s what happened to Western Australian farmer Steve Marsh, who took his neighbour Mark Baxter to the WA supreme court claiming GM pollen from Baxter’s farm caused him to lose organic certification on part of his property. Marsh lost the case and has lodged an appeal.
But regulator Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
From China News:
Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county, Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years.
This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them.
“I signed a deal with a local company,” Cui said. “They will pack the crop stalks and carry them away. In return for the crop stalks, they will also plow my fields before sowing in the spring.”
Read more: http://www.ecns.cn/2014/12-09/145888.shtml
New Seasons jumped into the sustainable Christmas tree market this year, selling some of Oregon’s only organic trees.
The Oregonian wrote Wednesday about how a new…