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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone winter 2021

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#AIPZ, GOV.SCOT: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/ and GOV.WALES: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update

Potato milk – high carb processed food

There seems to be an increasing drive to poison our population with yet more over processed, high carb diet that is so injurious to our health.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59049400

Milk from the humble spud is set to be one of 2022’s biggest food trends, according to supermarket Waitrose’s annual Food and Drink report.

Researchers have predicted that the market for dairy alternatives could almost double over the next five years, as increased dairy allergies and concerns about its environmental impact push shoppers to look for plant-based options.

Land to water pollution

How many ways can we destroy our water supplies – rivers and sea ?

With the increasing numbers of people, increasingly volatile weather, and dependence on so many chemical inputs in our life, we have chosen to allow massive amounts of pollution into our water.

Looking at changing from a linear economy where the focus is on greed, on more more more, that creates more waste, dependent on fossil fuels and then more waste.. we can take big steps to change this
It will not be simple .. we are coming into an era of massive need for innovation, enginneering, opportunities to do things differently.

How do we address each of these threats

  • Fertilisers, pesticides and other land use chemicals
  • Soil erosion and run off
  • Raw sewage effluent
  • Industrial plant effluent
  • Nuclear plant effluent.
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Sewage – a resource not a waste

In the latter part of 2021 we have increasing reports of raw sewage being allowed to be discharged into water courses, in the name of Covid and Brexit issues.
Once again we chose to make the worst environmental decisions, and those who need to be taking responsibility are being allowed to profit without consequence.

Sewage is a RESOURCE .. “humanure” – a highly valuable resource that we humans, the millions of us, daily evacuate and then treat as WASTE.

There are now many issues with this as a resource that we need to face and resolve. (time of innovation, engineering and opportunity)

  • the heavy metals in our sewage system – so stop using it and replace our humanure collection with alternatives and deal with the heavy metals.
  • Drugs in our systems – the use of the pill for the past 50 years has advanced the welfare of women tremendously, but now threatens our water species.

links (will add more)
https://www.theriverstrust.org/key-issues/sewage-in-rivers

The Sphinx .. packed ice sheet remnant

Scotland’s most famous snow patch is now smaller than an A4 sheet of paper according to experts and could be gone in 48 hours if the mild weather holds.

Against all the odds, the snow patch – which is known as the Sphinx – has clung on “by its fingertips” after it was expected to disappear earlier in the month.
The presence of the Sphinx dates back hundreds of years but two weeks ago mountaineers began warning that it was unlikely to survive the week.

If it melts, it will be the third time in five years this has occurred. Prior to that, it has only disappeared five times in the last 300 years.

Snow patch expert Iain Cameron has been closely following the Sphinx’s chilling final days.

He believes it will likely melt in the next 48 hours thanks to the wet and mild conditions at Braeriach, the UK’s third-highest mountain where the Sphinx is located.

 

 

Scotland’s most famous patch of snow clings on – but will it survive until COP26?

Mapping species

after too many years I have finally found something that allows me to map species I see here, recognises passing phone photos, and has a wonderful community of experts who help to identify what things are.

I am looking forward to adding to this resource day by day .. as it is July and good weather it is dominated by moths just now .. but will be so much else as well.

check out the species list here  – and if you are in the area and would like to join in with surveying, photographing, mapping any species from the micro to the macro you would be very very welcome

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?page=4&place_id=any&user_id=sailean&verifiable=any&view=species

GIN !!

when you cannot have sugar it makes it tough to preserve fruits in delicious ways to enjoy the rest of the year.

Gin is low carb, yipppeee .. and it infuses beautifully taking up the flavours of aromatics like elderflower, and fruits like gooseberries, plums, strawberries. 

These flavoured gins are perfect with a sparkling water, needing no further flavouring. (the wonderful tonics are all high sugar!)

GP’s to prescribe fruit ?

There are increasing news pieces on TV, radio, newspaper and online about how we need to change how we eat for climate change.

Mostly this is an erroneous drive to cut down red meat, without any single iota of understanding of the different parts of red meat production.

Anyway – todays twist, along with a sugar and salt tax, is to suggest that GPs prescribe fruit that will be handed out to certain patients.
report on Englands food strategy – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57838103

This is not a new idea

2003 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2777947.stm

Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 19:55 GMT

Doctors prescribe fruit and vegetables
Vegetables

Patients will be given tokens to buy fruit and veg
Doctors in north Staffordshire will soon be able to prescribe fruit and vegetables.

INSTEAD – why not GROW MORE FRUIT .. in every community : city, urban, rural ..

  • take cuttings
  • grow on
  • plant plant plant plant
  • tend together
  • crop and enjoy !
  • and limit the amount of cordial, jam, etc made which is 90% sugar again !!!