Latest fad is eating food from crops planted according to Moon phases
Moon Madness seems just a bit too far
Latest TV chefs to hit the lucrative spin-off trail from their own TV series are the Hemsley Sisters. The cameras love them, but in their quest to come up with something different and newsworthy, their championing of ‘Biodynamic’ veg and eggs planted and raised according to the phases of the moon, grabbed headlines – but seems to be going just a bit too far.
Raised in the country, I knew seeds were planted when the weather was right. Old folklore decreed certain Saints’ days to plant some crops – but that was just so peasants (who went by the Church’s calendar) knew when to plant seeds.
In the old days farmers relied on the moon to tell them the correct time for planting. Today the farmer just clicks on his lap top to see when last year’s crop was planted. Too early or too late – you change date according to yield.
Today it’s all about ‘diversity’
And providing new ideas to capture people’s attention to get them to buy. For everyone championing a new idea, there are lots who say this a load of rubbish.
The Hemsleys have come up with biodynamic eggs, which got them a huge amount of publicity! Clever! Growing up we had lots of chickens (when they weren’t providing target practice for foxes) we knew that a fresh egg, from a hen feeding outdoors, was the best, and tastiest. And didn’t depend on what the Moon was up to.
By the same token, Organic foods have received a lot of stick, and frankly I think the taste depends on variety, freshness, rearing and the grower’s expertise, rather than the label ‘organic’. What is indisputable is that organic foods are grown without pesticides. Organic Meat and chicken doesn’t depend on antibiotics to keep it healthy, which must be better for us when we eat it.
Recent studies, from all over the world, have come out saying that the ‘cleaner’ the food we eat, the better for us. Yes, organic can cost more, but I am happy to pay and know an animal had a happy life, out in the open whenever possible, without being fed hormones to bulk it up. And nasty bee-killing pesticides have been kept well away from my fruit and veg. so this has to be better for the planet.
But shop carefully – supermarkets are clever at jumping on bandwagons. Food labelled ‘British’ only has to be packaged in Britain to qualify for label, but can be imported from anywhere in the world. And ‘Natural’ only means it started out this way, but could be factory-farmed.
This study info from the respected Soil Association answers a lot of questions:
Milk and losing weight
Recently we have probably all come to realise that our food can contain hidden sugar; even savoury foods. Recently there has come a realisation that ‘low fat’ milk products come with a price; this is often extra sugar that has been included to enhance the taste. When I realised, I stopped buying low fat yoghurt, and lost about 5 kilos. I now happily buy ‘real’ (i.e. full fat) milk, NO ready-meals and nothing that is flashed ‘Low Fat’. Suddenly I have lost 9 kilos without noticing it. Warning. I am not scientifically trained, so can only tell you what happened to me – not why or how.
Where to buy Organic
I buy my organic produce from farm-direct.com,
who deliver in my area of London. Robert sends me helpful emails every week telling me what’s in season. At Easter I bought a massive leg of their organic lamb (£40) to fee the family (16 hungry mouths) who live in middle of country – and everyone said how good it was!
Google can tell you where is your local farm shop who can deliver to you. Each one is different, but most will have organic meat, chickens, eggs, fruit and veg. in season. Also try http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/map-where-to-buy-milk-direct-from-farm.htm –
many of these farms also sell other produce apart from milk. I have found prices compare with, or are cheaper than Waitrose.
Drinking Full Fat milk and avoiding low fat foods are now getting a favourable mention; but wait for the big dairy factories to bounce back with adverse ‘facts’!