Thursday, September 25, 2008

R: Kate Sylvester

Hi Guys - I thought you might be interested in this - not that I am recommending you buy Kate Sylvester - a bit out of our price range I think!
Top Kiwi fashion designer committed to organics

Kate Sylvester

Leading NZ fashion designer Kate Sylvester is about to launch a new organic cotton range in her stores for this summer, as part of a strong philosophy to make her business as sustainable as possible.

Sylvester is already using organic cotton and merino wool in her clothing ranges, and she is also committed to ethically-produced materials, made in New Zealand as much as possible.

Next season, there will be an even bigger collection of organic merino garments.

Sylvester says she aims to offset the extra cost of organic cotton and merino wool by savings in areas like lower electricity use and waste output, due to a range of recycling and other eco-friendly measures.

She has implemented sustainability measures in all her offices and stores with the backing of her 20 staff, and as a result the company has cut its waste in half.

She adds, "Already we have started measuring and actively reducing our carbon emissions. Each year an independent third party calculates our corporate emissions so that we can confirm and demonstrate our progress on reducing our impact on climate change."

Sylvester has a very strong conscience regarding the environmental impact of much of the world's clothing manufacturing. For example, she notes the waterways in the Mexican city of Tehuac are constantly coloured blue by the discharge of dyes from denim laundries that put the finishing touches on American jeans destined for export.

In Uzbekistan, large-scale cotton growing has turned large areas in desert and virtually drained the Aral Sea dry. She notes cotton uses about 25 per cent if the world's agricultural insecticides and 10 per cent of its pesticides.

"As consumers start to realise the environmental impact of conventional cotton, they are demanding pesticide- and insecticide-free, non-genetically modified cotton." - Kate Sylvester

Sylvester says as consumers start to realise the environmental impact of conventional cotton, they are demanding pesticide- and insecticide-free, non-genetically modified cotton. Currently, organic cotton accounts for less than one percent of all cotton production, but the figure is rising every year.

Sylvester notes in the UK, organic cotton ranges are now available in chain stores such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco. And big brands such as Levi's and Nike have started introducing organic cotton into their main lines.

NZ has been slower to catch on to this trend. Sylvester says while there is a strong move towards organic baby clothing here, adults are not yet demanding the same environmentally-friendly standards in their clothes.

Sylvester says, "What we've discovered is we can't change our entire business overnight as the fashion industry as a whole has a number of sustainability issues. But here at Kate Sylvester we've begun by tackling the basics now, and will endeavour to maintain and build our sustainability, and hopefully inspire others to do the same."

Sylvester won the 'Emerging small and medium Business Award' at the recent Sustainable Business Network Awards.  She is working towards getting the Green Tick for her company, an international eco-labelling system which certifies products as environmentally sustainable.

Sylvester and her partner, Wayne, say a big concern for them is the kind of future they are creating for their children. They have also promised to keep the pursuit of sustainability a permanent part of their business plan.

She says, "Fashion is our core business, but we are making sustainability our business too".

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

GE Foods

Hi - Just some new stuff about GE foods
Recent Studies have shown cellular, organ, blood or immunological abnormalities in laboratory animals -Rats fed GE potatoes developed precancenrous digestive tracgt cell growth, inhibited dev elopment of brain, liver and testicles, partial atrophy of the liver, enlarged pancreases and intestines, and immune system damage. Disruption to functional DNA will always happen with the GE pocess. This results in disruption to cellular pathways, so that new toxins, carcinogens and allergens can be formed in transgenic plant cells
Glyphosate-tolerance ( when everything dies around the plant  but the plant - a Mo nanto beauty) has been GE into alliums (ONIONS) - It is the second most commonly used herbicide in the US. The claims are that it is non-toxic to animals and environmentally friendly but in fact it is toxic to human placental cells within 18 hours at concentrations lower than those used agriculturally. Toxicity increases when accompanied by Roudup additives(as is commonly done) - It is also lethal to worms and amphibians.
The Future?
A UK study reviewed over 400 scientific papers that found organic food contained higher levels of vitamin C and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium ( all these elements are lacking in NZ conventional soils)
Before we concentrate too much on the genetics, we should remember that it's not just what you grow, it is the way that you grow it

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hi Everyone I thought you would be interested in the microwave article and the cough medicine particularly - I joined their newsletter - this is the dvd I told you about called Food Matters which is particularly good about taking foo and health into your own hands - any way I will post their interesting bit from the newsletter = you can of course join up to have news letters sent to you if you wish - happy days

What Is Your Microwave Doing To Your Health?

Find out why numerous countries have banned microwaves and 10 reasons why you might consider doing the same in your home.

Are Super-Bugs a Real Threat?
Are these new so called "Super-Bugs" the problem or does it have to do with our weakened immune systems?

Honey or Cough Medicine?
Here is some new information that should help you decide between the drug or natural approach next time you or your children have a cough.

Healing Music...
Discover what scientists have found out about the healing power of music.

Food Matters


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sprouts - Super foods

Hi Guys
Some interesting stuff about sprouts - to sprout  buy some sprout seeds - preferably organic - they are cheap - put some in a bowl (yes an ordinary breakfast bowl is fine - no need for a special sprouter)and fill with water put in the pantry overnight - then for a couple of days just rinse with water (fill with water and then completely empty) when the sprouts have little tails (yes fun for the kids to do!) they are ready to eat - you can get fun sprouting seeds such as red cabbage so they sprout red and have heaps of antioxidants - so give it a go
- this is what nutritionists these day are calling 'nutrient dense' foods - because of seed manipulation this has reduced the amount of vitamins/minerals in our food (yes even if grown organically) and then poisons are then poured on therefore five plus a day can be killing us slowly
 - I have alot of people who come into the gardens who have lead good lives - no cigarettes, lots of alcohol etc - and they have in their forties cancer and there is growing evidence that we are slowly dripping toxins into our body (including makeup, shampoos etc) but there is alot we can do - we do have the buying power in our control - buy less have poison free food/makeup/ cleaners etc. 

Sprouts: Year Round Vitamins

Looking for a food source that grows anywhere, any season, from seed to the table in less than a week? Sprouts are simply unsurpassed.

Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods. They are 'real life' vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes. Their nutritional value was discovered by the Chinese thousand of years ago. In recent times, numerous scientific studies suggest the importance of sprouts in a healthy diet.

As an example, a sprouted Mung bean has the carbohydrate content of a melon, vitamin A of a lemon, thiamine of an avocado, riboflavin of a dry apple, niacin of a banana and ascorbic acid of a loganberry.

Sprouts have a higher biologic efficiency value than whole seeds, raw or cooked. Because of this, less food is required, yet more nutrients reach the blood and cells. The sprouting process, under the action of light, creates chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been shown to be effective in overcoming protein deficiency anaemia.

Sprouts also have a regenerating effect on the human body because of their high concentration of RNA, DNA, protein and essential nutrients which can be found only in living cells. (Synthetic supplements are not life food.)

The chemical changes that occur in the sprouting seed activate a powerful enzyme factory, never to be surpassed in the later growth stages of any legumes. (See article by Dr. Peavy). The rich enzyme concentration can heighten enzyme activity in your metabolism, leading to regeneration of the bloodstream.

Sprouted grain appears to prevent depletion of youth due to sexual practice (vitamin E). Some vitamins increase during sprouting by 500%! In wheat, vitamin B-12 quadruples, other B vitamins increase 3 to 12 times. Vitamin E content triples. Fibre content increases three to four times that of whole wheat bread.

To begin with, sprouts are the most reliable year-round source of vitamin C, carotenoid A, and many B vitamins (such as folacin), all of which are usually in short supply in our diet. Sprouting seeds, grains and legumes greatly increases their content of these vitamins. For example, the vitamin A content (per calorie) of sprouted Mung beans is two and a half times higher than the dry bean, and some beans have more than eight times more vitamin A after being sprouted.

Dry seeds, grains and legumes, while rich in protein and complex carbohydrates, contain no vitamin C. After sprouting they contain around 20 milligrams per 3.5 ounces, a tremendous increase. Also, if grown in decent soil or taken from our own garden, seeds, grains and legumes will be high in organic minerals – so your sprouts will be an excellent source of minerals as well as vitamins.

The great advantage in getting vitamins from home grown sprouts is that you retain consistently high vitamin content. In the dead of winter, when you can't grow anything and fresh produce is scarce, sprouts will provide a reliable source of fresh, high-nutrient vegetables rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and B vitamins. This will keep your immune system strong and your health in top condition when almost everyone else is getting sick. Many people come down with colds and flu more often in the winter because they're not getting the fresh vegetables and fruits that would normally keep their immune systems strong.

Have you ever heard of a vegetable that continues to gain vitamins after you harvest it? Sprouts do! Even after you harvest and refrigerate them, they will continue to grown slowly, and their vitamin content will actually increase. Contrast that with store-bought fruits and vegetables, which start losing their vitamins as soon as they're picked and often have to be transported great distances.

While fresh fruits and vegetables provide enzymes, sprouts are far more concentrated and should be eaten in the summer with every large meal even when you have your own vegetables and fruits. In the winter and spring, when your own vegetables and fruits are not available, sprouts are doubly important. Sprouts should become and integral part of your diet year-round.

However, for highest food value, you need to make your own sprouts. Freshly picked from your own sprout garden, they contain the highest level of enzymes and vitamins. If they are immediately refrigerated, the 'life force' will stay in the seed as they remain fresh and slowly continue to grow.

If they are not immediately refrigerated after harvest, sprouts will stop growing and the enzymes and vitamins will start decomposing. As that happens, the enzyme and vitamin content will decline rapidly.

When you buy sprouts at the supermarket it's impossible to tell how long they've been out on the shelves and exposed to room temperature. Even a few hours at room temperature will cause a rapid loss of enzymes and vitamins.

Even worse, is the fact that some sprouts are treated with mould inhibitors to keep them fresh-looking as they sit at room temperature. Those long, white Mung bean sprouts seen in the store or salad bar have probably been treated with inhibitors so they could be grown to that length and preserved.

To really get the rejuvenating value of sprouts, you need to grow your own and eat them fresh.

From Super Nutrition Gardening by Dr. William S. Peavy & Warren Peavy, Avery Publishing Co.

10 Reasons to start sprouting now
Organic -
100% Organically Grown. No Chemicals Ever. Ecologically friendly. No airplane fuel, oil, synthetic fertilizers, irradiation or preservatives involved.

Nutrition - Alive with active nutrients and enzymes. You can feel the vitamins!

Availability - Year round. Any Season. Any Climate. Any Place. From Malibu to Moscow.

Economy - Only 25-50 cents per pound average cost.

Freshness - Living food is picked at mealtime. Keeps 1-2 weeks in refrigerator.

No Green Thumb - It's so Easy! No soil. No jars. No Bugs. No Hassle.

Easy to Use - Only 1-2 minutes care per day. 1 Pound grows in only 9 inches space.

Variety - 14 Delicious Flavors to liven up your diet. Recipes Galore!

Self-sufficiency - Reduces dependence on commercially grown food. Great for camping, boating.

Digestibility - Baby plants' delicate cell walls easily release live-cell nourishment.

Steve Meyerowitz, Sproutman® is the author of several books on health, diet, and nutrition including Sprouts the Miracle Food, Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook, and Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine. You can visit him at *For recipe ideas, see "Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook."©2004 by Steve Meyerowitz.

From Linda

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Worm Bins

Thanks to father Abriham (dad's nickname....long story don't ask) we are now the proud owners of a worm farm. We have been composting hard out now for about 2 years with just one bin. However with the ever expanding vege garden its time we needed a bit more, so a worm farm it is, can't wait to get it up and running, ordered my worms from WormsRUs today so they should be popping into our letter box at the beginning of next week!!
Worms R Us website is cool, it has a few different worm bin options (we have the can of worms one its made from 100% recycled plastic, we got ours from ecostore) its about $130 but there are much cheaper options at places like the Warehouse. Otherwise Worms R Us website also has ideas on how to make your own using old stuff (like tyres, old polystrene box's etc).
Linda is really onto it with all that too so let her know if you need any help.
Check out this website

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

RE: NZ Homeopathy site

Hi Guys,  I found this site with some excellent info about foods - well worth a visit

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Recycling game

Hi - here is a cool recycling game to try whith the kids! Sort it! - the recycling game
From Linda