Newsletter 104

TSL Newsletter #104
Local Veg (Organically Grown)

Sweet potato $20 per kg

Choi sum $20 for 350 gms

Mustard leaves $15 for 350 gms

Water spinach $10 bunch
Baby silk gourd, like courgettes – $20 kg

Eggplant $25 for 350 gms

Okra $10 for 200 gms
Taro $50 kg

Herbs $15 bundle (chives for your cheese, basil, oregano, mint, lemon balm)

Kaffir lime leaves $10 for five leaves

Chillies $5 bundle

Ginger seedling $30
Curry Leaf tree seedling $10-30 depending on size

Climate – Bill McKibben summarises the summer:

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-09-04/summer-extremes-signifies-new-normal

Methane – the first half of this is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever read, making the second half utterly pointless:

http://peaksurfer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/game-over-or-overtime.html

Minerals – thanks to Philippe for this video on the pursuit of profits at the expense of the environment:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/alaska-gold/

War – another video from Philippe, this one on drone warfare:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2011/12/2011122512243829505.html

Food/Agriculture – this refers to a film which looks at changes taking place in Venezuelan agriculture, with urban farms and agro-ecological methods (from Fabian):

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/01/growing-change-documentary-investigates-food-system.aspx?e_cid=20120901_DNL_artNew_1

and edible forest gardens in Honduras:

http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=188387

Sharon Astyck responds to the Stanford Uni paper which says that organic food is not more nutritional than conventional food:

http://scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook/2012/09/06/nutrional-value-of-organic-food-really-isnt-the-point/

Bikes – bamboo bikes made in Ghana:

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-09-06/riding-towards-sustainable-development-bamboo

Health – a useful article from Fabian on the many uses of baking soda:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/27/baking-soda-natural-remedy.aspx?e_cid=20120827_DNL_artNew_2

and this looks at the alarming effects of polio vaccinations in India recently:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/28/polio-eradication-campaign.aspx?e_cid=20120828_DNL_artNew_1

this – thanks again to Fabian – warns of the potential dangers of triclosan, an ingredient in some toothpastes, soaps and deodorants:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/29/triclosan-in-personal-care-products.aspx?e_cid=20120829_DNL_artNew_2

this looks at diet drinks:

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/08/31/kids-diet-drinks.aspx?e_cid=20120831_DNL_artNew_2

Stuff – a nice account of the overwhelming amount of stuff that blights our lives:

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogsept12/tired-of-stuff9-12.html

 

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About transitionsl

I've been an English teacher for the best part of 30 years, teaching in England, Tanzania, Brunei, Australia and Hong Kong. I've always been interested in nature and environmental issues, but it was the discovery of Peak Oil about five years ago that galvanised me into trying to help my local community to prepare for what will be a dramatically different world to the one many of us have been used to. I've been helping to run a transition group, following the guidelines created by Rob Hopkins's Transition Movement in the UK. This blog is an attempt to engage in discussion with a wider group of people in Hong Kong on the ways to transition from our current oil dependency to a state of fossil-free local resilience.
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2 Responses to Newsletter 104

  1. teresa says:

    hi there, where or how can one buy the local veggies mentioned? I live on Southern Lantau and would be very interested in buying them on a regular basis. thanks!

    • transitionsl says:

      We’ve got a small farm in Luk Tei Tong, which is a village in Mui Wo. If you get to the Rural Committee Road near the sports centre, follow it away from the sports centre towards Tai Tei Tong, keep going past Mui Wo Primary School towards Luk Tei Tong and on the right you will see polytunnels in an open field. These are part of Mabel’s Organic Roselle Garden (she sells organic produce). A bit further along the path is our farm. Bhola is the farmer, and if you get lost or just want him to meet you and lead you to the farm, phone 54222844. Not on Sundays, though, and you’d better phone him anyway to make sure he’s there and not out on a delivery.

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