Vanessa and autumn colours

Newsletter 26th October 2015

On the Farm

It is getting cooler and your veg bags will start taking on a more autumnal flavour.  The last of the outdoors beans, courgettes and other summery veg have gone and we’ll be filling your orders with comforting veg to relieve chills.  We do still have salads from the tunnels to add variety, and weather permitting these should continue all year.  We have been busy planting up the tunnels with seedlings to see you through until spring.

 

Fancy some weedkiller?

Glyphosate is the most widely sold weedkiller in the world. You may recognise it as the active ingredient in Roundup. You may not know that many non-organic farmers use glyphosate widely, including spraying it on their wheat crops a few weeks before harvest.  This sounds strange, but it helps dry the wheat plants and suppress weeds to make the crop easier to harvest.  Use of glyphosate in UK farming has increased by 400% in the last 20 years and nearly a third of UK cereal crops (over 1 million hectares) were sprayed with glyphosate in 2013.

A report by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has recently concluded that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen for humans, and it is now
beginning to be banned by other countries.  Even in California, glyphosate is being labelled as a probable carcinogen.

Glyphosate can remain on the wheat during food manufacturing processes. Tests by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food have found that as much as 30% of UK bread contained glyphosate. It is making its way into our bodies, with detectable residues in 7 out of 10 city dwellers. If you don’t want this in your body, buy organic bread and support the Soil Association in their campaign “Not in our Bread”.

 

What’s in Season?

A few of you have been asking recently if it’s possible to know in advance exactly what will be in your veg bag.  In the past, we have produced a list each week, but the problem with doing this is that last minute changes can happen.  Rest assured that we pick and pack whatever is best on the farm every week.  If you prefer to know exactly which veg you will receive, how about having a bespoke order instead of (or as well as) a veg bag? Just add items you’d like from the shop.   You can also get a good idea of what is likely to appear in your veg bag in the “What’s in Season” page of our website.