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The Voice - September 2021


Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

We continue to see the signs of climate change now evidenced by the fact that a known cash crop can now be grown in France due to a change in the soil.

The peanut/groundnut can now be harvested where such a crop could never before be grown and this must be indicative of climate change.

What else will we find can be grown in different regions of the world due to climate change? We must all act now before it’s too late.

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Climate Change

We are frequently being warned about climate change, so when our own local environment is attacked at the cost of development with loss of trees and loss of green space, we should all take notice.

Antarctica is changing and the impact could be catastrophic. Read More


Ban Urban and Garden Pesticides

Wild bees and other wildlife are in decline, a potential catastrophe for us all. Pesticides also threaten human health, many of them being carcinogens &/or neurotoxins.

Our 22 million gardens, plus parks, road verges & other green spaces could form a network of wildlife friendly habitats. This will only work if we stop spraying pesticides in gardens and public urban spaces.

Sign the Petition Now for a ban on pesticides.


Worm Farming

Worm farming is a practice of farming worms and is common amongst farmers, gardeners and agriculturists. Some even practice this farming for business.

Before you start worm farming, it is necessary to have access to abundant food wastes like eggshells, coffee grounds or tea bags, vegetable wastes, unnecessary portions of fruits and most importantly paper, including newspaper.

Worm farming maintains environmental quality and soil fertility and is helpful to the environment because it easily converts food waste to compost which maintains soil health.

The following can be used in a worm bin: Vegetable waste, eggshells, organic fruits, paper, tea bags and coffee grinds, bread, grain, dead leaves.

Do not use the following: Pineapple, oil, garlic, onions, citrus products, meat, dairy products, food with poisonous preservatives, spicy food.

To start worm farming:

  1. Obtain a medium sized bin.
  2. Drill several holes in the bottom to remove excess water.
  3. Place newspaper, sawdust, soil, dried leaves, tea waste, fruits, and suitable kitchen waste into your bin, and water the contents.
  4. Continue adding soil to make a natural environment.
  5. Add worms to their new home and provide a constant supply of the correct foodstuffs.

Once the worms are living happily inside the bin and active they will provide a good supply of vermicompost.


Peanuts

Peanuts

Peanuts are endemic to South America. Cultivated peanuts arose from a hybrid between two wild species of peanut, the initial hybrid would have been sterile, but spontaneous chromosome doubling restored its fertility.

The oldest known archaeological remains of pods have been dated at about 7,600 years old. Possibly a wild species that was in cultivation was found in Peru where dry climatic conditions are favourable for the preservation of organic material. Many pre-Columbian cultures, such as the Moche, depicted peanuts in their art.

Cultivation was well-established in Mesoamerica before the Spanish arrived where the conquistadors found the plant's Nahuatl name being offered for sale in the marketplace of Tenochtitlan. The peanut was later spread worldwide by European traders, and cultivation is now widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.

In West Africa, it substantially replaced a crop plant from the same family. In Asia it became an agricultural mainstay and this region is now the largest producer in the world.

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Cooking in a Different Way ‐ Peanut Pesto

Ingredients:

peanut pesto

Method:

The pesto will keep for up to five days in the fridge.


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