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Food Forests Are Fun- And Good For You!

cartoon-bugFor those of us in the southern hemisphere who are experiencing winter, you might be feeling those bugs dancing around you, waiting for an opportunity to make you sick. I’ve gone for whole winters without getting sick but nothing wrong with a bit of a workout for the immune system every now and then. And when you do need a bit of extra help you may look no further than nature where all kinds of fruits abound.

Juicy orange

I am feeling particularly grateful to the citrus fruits at the moment, lemon and orange juice brewed up with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and ginger. Add a good helping of some fine single malt whiskey once you have taken your slowly simmered medicine off the stove and the alchemy is complete! That’s my recipe for a hot toddy, I don’t remember who I got it from but I do know that it is wonderful for colds and flu. And the fine brew we made came from fruit on the trees here at our latest house sit, abundance comes in many forms and this is certainly bounteous nature at her best!


I’m not sure about some of the garlic but the ginger came from a lovely lady at my Sunday market who sells strawberries, avocados and other yummy things. The honey comes from my local co-op and is raw, so my medicine for my cough was made with very fine ingredients! And when I sent my Beloved out for the whiskey I was happy when he came back with a good bottle, nice and smooth. It’s a funny thing but the only time I ever really want whiskey is when I’m sick with a cold or bug of some description. For me it really is medicine, does a wonderful job of healing and in winter it’s nice to be so hot, but you wouldn’t want to be drinking it all the time.

winter fruit

So if you are in winter at the moment consider whether your immune system might need a boost, when there is a lot of fruit on the trees sometimes even organic can be quite cheap, certainly no more than the commercial fruit. In fact whatever season you are currently inhabiting may well be rich with all the nutrition you need. Nature does seem to balance supply and demand quite well if treated with respect, if you have the opportunity plant a food forest where you live!

I like the sound of that!

Teenage Activist Shows Up Monsanto!

There are some truly amazing young people in the world, they give me hope that this rather jaded civilisation might actually begin to blossom into greater maturity, we show such promise it would be a shame not to realise it. Rachel Parent is one such teenager, we see her on Canadian Television in debate with a defender of Monsanto and it is so very obvious who is intelligent, authentic and open to reason, certainly not the so-called adult who thinks it’s ok to tell lies in order to gain profit.

Yes I am still a bit angry about what is happening to food on this planet in the name of Big Profits for Multi-national corporations, nature does know what she is doing and if we work with her then there will always be plenty for everyone. We need to be creating food forests and encouraging everybody to grow some of their own veggies, support our local growers and let them know exactly what we want from them.

We don’t really know yet how GMO foods might affect our health over the long-term, by the time we have an answer it may be getting a little bit late to stop the spread of this uncontrolled experiment. It reminds me of early science fiction movies with people in white suits running around in complexes, trying to halt the escape of some deadly virus that they were trying to turn into a weapon.


You know what really struck me in this debate, the way O’Leary kept talking about GMO technology helping the poor and the starving even though Rachel was pointing out the mythology around these crops, not a higher yield at all, just a patent for profit. Her ability to articulate a response in the face of bull-headed ignoring of basic facts is really quite stupendous, this 14-year-old has a brilliant life ahead of her doing anything she wants to. Lets hope we can keep that world open as a possibility for Rachel and for all the other children out there, with this kind of genius in the world it is never too late to find a new way of being.

Hope you are as inspired as I was!