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Consumption of organic goods in Denmark keeps on soaring – The Copenhagen Post – Danish news in english

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According to new figures from DanmarksStatistik, organic goods are more popular than ever in Denmark.

The figures revealed that the sales of organics increased to 14.1 billion kroner in 2019 a 9 percent rise compared to the year before.

Its positive to see that the Danish desire for organics continues to grow,said Kirsten Lund Jensen, the head of finance forLandbrug &Fdevarer.

More farmers and companies are turning to organic production, but that requires demand so itsgreat to see the Danes putting more and more organic goods into their shopping carts.

READ ALSO: Over a tenth of Danish agricultural land now organic

Set to continue in 2020 The two areas that have seen particular gains are fruit and vegetable sales (up by 13 percent compared to 2018), beer and wine (up 13 percent), oats and flour (up 10 percent), dairy produce (up 8 percent) and chicken (also up 8 percent).

Plant-based drink options have also experienced significant development, selling for 169 million kroner last year almost double the amount four years ago.

The figures reveal that 12 percent of all food and drink goods sold in Denmark are organic, which consolidates Denmarks position as the global leader in terms of organic market share size.

The sale of organic goods in Denmark has increased every year since 2003. The Danish agriculture and food council, Landbrug & Fdevarer, expects the trend to continue in 2020 and estimates another 10-15 percent jump.

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IRS Officer Toils For 20 Years to Build 100-Acre Food Forest In MP & Bihar – The Better India

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If 10,000 people in India resort to food forestry today, it can save 50,000 people in the next few years.

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In the administrative domain of India, Patanjali Jha, a 1986-batch IRS officer who is presently posted as the Director-General of Income Tax (Investigations) Karnataka and Goa, is revered as a veteran.

With a Masters degree from Delhi School of Economics, has established himself as one of the leading government officials in the country. He has also featured in the limelight recently for his selfless initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis.

However, little known to many is the fact that Jha is an expert in food forestry, and has been managing over 100 acres of food forest for the past 20 years, with 60 acres land in Khalghat, Madhya Pradesh and another 40 acres in Purnia, Bihar.

In an exclusive conversation with The Better India, the illustrious officer expressed his deep love and reverence for nature. Speaking in his distinctive baritone, he also shared glimpses of his encyclopaedic knowledge about medicinal properties of indigenous plant species.

My father had around 10 acres of ancestral land in Khalghat, Madhya Pradesh, adjacent to the Narmada river bank. I bought the land from him, and together with five other farming enthusiasts, we bought around 60 acres of land in the region, recounts Jha, while taking me back by two decades to the time when he got intrigued by food forestry.

Initially, a large part of the land was lying barren, ravaged by sand mining and stripped of its natural biodiversity due to unscientific chemical farming.

It was around this time that Jha chanced upon the ideals of Masanobu Fukuokathe pioneer of natural farming. Inspired, he delved further into the concept and learnt about botanist Albert Howards methods. His chance tryst with Bhaskar Save, considered the Gandhi of natural farming, also motivated him deeply.

When I started out natural farming following Fukuokas methods, people warned me against it and said that crops wouldnt survive without tilling. But, we had plenty of sunlight, rains and arable landand I truly believed that it is all a plant needs to survive on its own. And I was right. In the last ten years, the beauty and bounty of the land has grown by leaps and bounds, shares Jha.

He also adds how his farming has been influenced by the ancient Indian scriptures and traditions, indicating his keen interest in the same.

In Khalghat, Jha and his partners have created a 60-acre perennial food forest over the years. They grow around seven to eight different plant varieties in a multilayered arrangement.

Taller trees like neem and babul (Acacia) line the periphery. These are naturally accompanied by the guduchi (giloy) creeperconsidered to be one of the best immune boosters in traditional medicine, shares Jha.

A series of 70-foot-tall moringa trees that Jha and his friends had planted way back in the early 2000s thrive in the central zone of the food forest. These are dotted around with smaller shrubs of citrus plants like kafir lime, mausambi, gondhoraj lime, some seedless varieties of lime as well as the regular lemon.

We have also grown the Badhwani papaya and yellow papaya, the indigenous varieties people now have no clue about. They are more accustomed to the hybrid seedless variety. Besides these, we also grow several varieties of mango, banana, litchi, turmeric, sweet potato, yam, pink pepper, ber (jujube) and aloe vera. However, the star of our food forest has to be vetiver, informs Jha.

Vetiver is a type of grass which has proven to be extremely good for maintaining soil quality. Its roots penetrate deep into the soil, helping in moisture retention in the topsoil as well as carbon fixing. One vetiver shrub is believed to have the same soil protection capacity as that of a large tree.

Jha explains, In Thailand, an experiment has shown that a plant surrounded by vetiver grows about five times faster than their normal counterparts. So now we make sure to surround all our plants with it and have seen our crops give generous yield in a short period of time thanks to this grass.

Branded under Vanya Naturals, the products of Jhas food forest, like honey, pink pepper, turmeric, among others, are marketed online to a steady base of urban consumers. While Jhas business partners and family members manage the finances and logistics, he is primarily interested in the knowhow part of things.

Jhas brother-in-law Himkar Mishra, who looks after the farm in Purnia, Bihar, says, Patanjali has been a true inspiration for me. I used to work as a corporate executive before, but I quit my job in 2016 inspired by his agro-ecological endeavours. Since then, I have been permanently dedicated towards the farm, which has now been turned into a food forest.

Mishra adds that with the help of a few village women, the food forest grows around 40 acres of turmeric and yam at the lowest layer, interspersed with groves of fruit trees like mango, litchi, berry. The forest also has around 1 lakh gondhoraj lemon plants along with 50,000 of Thai seedless lemons, sourced from Kolkata.

Around 40,000 pink pepper trees are also thriving in the forest which are originally from the rainforests of South America. Thousands of moringa and subabool trees stand the tallest, sheathing the entire forest and helping in layered sunlight harvesting. The farm also has a dairy unit comprising cows and goats.

Jha entails trees and bees as the main motto of his food forestry.

Bees are the biggest pollinators in the world. But, we have very little awareness of how our natural exploitation is affecting their population. There will be an apocalyptic food crisis in the world if the bees are not there, along with the trees.

He has also planted marigold plants to invite the bees in abundance. We have also been running an apiary for the past four years in the Bihar farm.

Though presently residing in Bengaluru, Jha makes sure to visit his farms as regularly as possible. His family members take care of the farm in Madhya Pradesh, with the help of a few farming families, though the entire food forest requires very little human intervention aside from the harvesting.

Inspired by the food forest, around 150 farmers in and around Khalghat have replicated the model in over 4000 acres of land, earning huge profits, while saving the environment in turn.

Jha entirely forbids the tilling of land in his method, which he considers as torture on the earth. He also adheres to the minimal use of organic manure and similar supplements; even regular watering is not required in food forestry.

He jokingly refers to food forestry as the grandfather of organic farming, because he believes that the secret to natures bounty is to leave it on its own.

Create enough biodiversity to ensure that your food forest has flowers, fruits, vegetables as well as birds, bees, insects and other animals all living in perfect harmony. Nature is kind and giving. Look how the Yamuna river has cleaned up with just a month of respite from human intervention, says Jha, highlighting how respecting nature is the first step towards a healthy and happy survival.

If 10,000 people in India resort to food forestry today, it can save 50,000 people in the next few years, concludes Jha. He urges everyone to learn to rely on nature and adapt to a more organic diet, eliminating all the chemical-laden produce from ones plate.

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Organic food, fresh or processed food produced by organic farming methods. Organic food is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, such as human-made pesticides and fertilizers, and does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic foods include fresh produce, meats, and dairy products as well as processed foods such as crackers, drinks, and frozen meals. The market for organic food has grown significantly since the late 20th century, becoming a multibillion dollar industry with distinct production, processing, distribution, and retail systems.

Although organic food production began as an alternative farming method outside the mainstream, it eventually became divided between two distinct paths: (1) small-scale farms that may not be formally certified organic and thus depend on informed consumers who seek out local, fresh, organically grown foods; and (2) large-scale certified organic food (fresh and processed) that is typically transported large distances and is distributed through typical grocery store chains. If consumers know their local farmer and trust the farmers production methods, they may not demand a certification label. On the other hand, organic food produced far away and shipped is more likely to require a certification label to promote consumer trust and to prevent fraud, which exemplifies how national certification regulations are most beneficial.

A regulatory framework is most important when consumers and farmers are geographically separated, and such a framework is likely to cater to larger-scale producers who participate in a more industrial system. This regulatory approach does not necessarily match consumers assumptions about organic food production, which typically include images of small family farms and the humane treatment of animals. In general, regulations surrounding organic food do not address more complex social concerns about family farms, farmworker wages, or farm size, and organic policy in some places does little to address animal welfare.

Organic food policies were created largely to provide a certification system with specific rules regarding production methods, and only products that follow the guidelines are allowed to use the certified organic labels. In the United States, the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 began the process of establishing enforceable rules to mandate how agricultural products are grown, sold, and labeled. The regulations concerning organic food and organic products are based on a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which is a critical aspect of certified organic farming methods. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates organic production through its National Organic Program (NOP), which serves to facilitate national and international marketing and sales of organically produced food and to assure consumers that USDA certified organic products meet uniform standards. To this end, NOP established three specific labels for consumers on organic food products: 100% organic, organic, or made with organic ***, which signify that a products ingredients are 100 percent, at least 95 percent, or 70 percent organic, respectively. Noncertified products cannot use the USDA organic seal, and violators face significant fines and penalties.

Organic regulations vary by country, some of the most comprehensive rules being seen in Europe. Objectives of organic farming in the European Union (EU) include respecting natures biological systems and establishing a sustainable management system; using water, soil, and air responsibly; and adhering to animal welfare standards that meet species-specific behavioral needs. In addition, principles of organic production in the EU are based on designing and managing farms to promote ecological systems and on using natural resources within the farming system. These policy goals go far beyond a defined listing of prohibited materials in organic production.

The overall impacts of organic agriculture are beneficial to the environment. Certified organic production methods prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, thus reducing chemical runoff and the pollution of soils and watersheds. Smaller-scale organic farming often is associated with significant environmental benefits, owing to the use of on-farm inputs, such as fertilizers derived from compost created on-site. By comparison, large-scale organic farms often require inputs generated off-site and may not employ integrated farming methods. These operations may buy specific allowable inputs, such as fish emulsion or blood meal to use as fertilizer rather than working within the farm to increase soil fertility. While this decrease in synthetic chemical use benefits the environment compared with industrial agriculture, these methods may not promote long-term sustainability, since off-farm inputs usually require greater fossil fuel use than on-farm inputs.

Social concerns related to organic food include higher costs to consumers and geographic variations in demand. Organic food usually is more expensive for consumers than conventionally produced food because of its more labour-intensive methods, the costs of certification, and the decreased reliance on chemicals to prop up crop yields. This often translates into unequal access to organic food. Research indicates that greater wealth and education levels are correlated with organic food purchases. Further, there are trends in some lower-income countries to produce certified organic crops solely for export to wealthier countries. This sometimes generates a situation in which the farmers themselves cannot afford to buy the organic foods they are producing. While this strategy may bring economic gain in the short term, it is a concern when farmers are forced out of producing food crops that feed their local communities, thus increasing food insecurity.

Certified organic agriculture has also become a big business in many places, with larger farming operations playing a key role in national and global certified organic food markets. Given economies of scale, big food-processing companies often buy from a single farming operation that produces organic crops on thousands of acres, rather than from many smaller farms that each grow on smaller acreages, a practice that effectively limits the participation of smaller farmers in these markets. There also is disparity among farmers, since the organic certification process can be prohibitively expensive to some smaller-scale farmers. Although certification subsidies exist in some places, such farmers often opt to sell directly to consumers at farmers markets, for example, and may decide to forgo organic certification altogether.

Overall, organic food has grown in popularity, as consumers have increasingly sought and purchased foods that they perceive as being healthier and grown in ways that benefit the environment. Indeed, consumers typically buy organic food in order to reduce their exposure to pesticide residues and GMOs. Further, some research shows that organically produced crops have higher nutritional content than comparable nonorganic crops, and some people find organic foods to be tastier. The question remains, however, whether organic food shipped in from across the globe is truly a sustainable method of food production. Certainly organically produced food from a local farmer who employs an integrated whole-farm approach is fairly environmentally sustainable, though the economic sustainability of such an endeavour can be challenging. Although humans must decrease their reliance on fossil fuels to combat climate change, many organic policies do little to address the issue of sustainability, focusing instead on the strict list of prohibited substances, rather than a comprehensive long-term view of farming and food.

organic farming

Organic farming, agricultural system that uses ecologically based pest controls and biological fertilizers derived largely from animal and plant wastes and nitrogen-fixing cover crops. Modern organic farming was developed as a response to the environmental harm caused by the use of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in conventional agriculture, and

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Pesticide, any toxic substance used to kill animals, fungi, or plants that cause economic damage to crop or ornamental plants or are hazardous to the health of domestic animals or humans. All pesticides interfere with normal metabolic processes in the pest organism and often are classified according to the type

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Fertilizer, natural or artificial substance containing the chemical elements that improve growth and productiveness of plants. Fertilizers enhance the natural fertility of the soil or replace the chemical elements taken from the soil by previous crops.

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Netflix's new comedy series Brews Brothers stars Alan Aisenberg, Mike Castle, Flula Borg, and a host of other actors you may recognize.

Netflix's new comedy series Brews Brothers stars Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle as perpetually feuding brothers who run a struggling brewery, and the supporting cast is filled with actors you may recognize from other shows. Created by Greg Schaffer, Brews Brothersmade its Netflix debut on April 9, 2020.

Wilhelm Rodman (Aisenberg) owns a brewery in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Van Nuys. While he's a talented braumeister who trained with Trappist monks in Belgium, he has no head for business or marketing, and his only regulars are two guys who drink for free. Enter Will's brother, Adam (Castle), who is equally skilled at brewing beer but is obnoxious, pretentious, and horrible at dealing with people. Between them they must find a way to keep Rodman's Brewery above water.

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Besides the Rodman brothers and their employees, there are plenty of faces that show up at the brewery - whether they be customers, potential food truck proprietors, or monks who love to party. Here's a guide to the cast of Brews Brothers, and where you might recognize them from.

Alan Aisenberg as Wilhelm Rodman- Adopted with Adam as a child by a couple of farmers, Will got into brewing beer at a very young age and went on to change his name to Wilhelm so that it would sound more German. Will's relaxed approach to brewing has good results, but his beer-naming skills leave a lot to be desired. Aisenberg is best known for playing C.O. Baxter Bayley in Orange is the New Black.

Mike Castle as Adam Rodman - Will's brother, who hasn't spoken to him since the two of them had a falling out as teenagers. Adam is an incurable snob about beer, turning away customers and potential distributors alike if they don't meet his standards, and considers himself to be better than just about everyone. Castle is best known for starring alongside Ashley Tisdale in the TBS show Clipped.

Carmen Flood as Sarah - Sarah is the only member of the Rodman's Brewery staff who remotely has a head for business. A former MMA fighter who was forced to quit after developing a cauliflower ear, Sarah still has a strong temper and an even stronger left hook. Brews Brothers is Flood's first major role.

Marques Ray as Chuy - Rodman Brewery's most useless employee, Chuy's main motivation is learning how not to run a business by watching Wilhelm (as well as scoring free beer for himself and his friends). Ray is best known for playing Juan-Julio in the ABC comedy series Dr. Ken, and also played Tahani's diminutive fiance Toms in The Good Place.

Zach Reino as Elvis- One of the owners of the Kids Menu food truck that parks outside Rodman's Brewery, Elvis loves organic food and engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with his other half, Becky, while at work. Reino starred in the ABC digital series Serious Music, and also played abar mitvah DJ in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's musical number "Remember That We Suffered."

Inanna Sarkis as Becky - The other owner of Kids Menu, Becky considers herself and Elvis to be spiritually two halves of the same person. Like Elvis she likes organic food and public displays of affection, but has an unfortunate disregard for hygiene. Sarkis initially rose to fame as a YouTube star, and also played Molly in the 2019 romance filmAfter.

Flula Borg as Truffle - One of the monks who bonded with Wilhelm at the monastery in Belgium, Truffle gets his name by being a cheap hook-up for high-quality truffles. Like the rest of the monks, his robes disguise a hedonistic soul who worships beer religiously. Borg is best known for playingPieter Krmer, one of the leadsingers of Das Sound Machine, in Pitch Perfect 2.

James Earl as Matt - One of the members of Rodman's Brewery's Founders Circle, who is a permanent fixture at the brewery because he gets to drink for free. Earl is best known for playing Chamberlain Jackson in Scream Queens.

Mike Mitchell as Jack - The other original member of the Founders Circle, Jack has been enjoying limitless beer for the bargain upfront price of $500, though his waistline has suffered in the process. Mitchell is best known for playing Randy Monahan in the Netflix series Love.

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NORTHAMPTON Late last month,the Northampton Survival Center closed its buildingand suspended on-site operations as some staff members went into self-quarantine dueto COVID-19 concerns. Now, the center and a team of organizations have launcheda new effort to meet growing food insecurity.

On Monday, the Northampton Survival Center, Grow Food Northampton, and Community Action Pioneer Valley launched theCommunity Food Distribution Project.

Bags and boxes of food are available for pickup three days a week at Jackson Street School in Northampton and once a week at several other locations around the city.

In the first three days, about 280 householdscame to receive food, said Heidi Nortonsmith, executive director of the Northampton Survival Center.

In a more normal period of time, we might serve 250 or 260 in a whole week, she said.I definitely know that we are seeing a lot of new people, she continued,people who have not been in need before but are experiencingthe economic hardship of this time.

Food supplies includeshelf-stable goods and fresh produce from local farms an intentional choice.Many farmers have lost sources of income, including selling at markets andto restaurants, according to Alisa Klein, executive director of Grow Food Northampton, an organization that is in close contact withlocal farmers.

They are chomping at the bit wanting the farmers markets to resume, Klein said.

The program supports both those experiencing food insecurity and local food producers.

To me, thats the definitionof a really just and resilient food system, she said.And to create thekind of model in the heart of pandemic, in an emergency time, is a testament to what our communityis capable of.

Pickup is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The school acts as a distribution site for the projectbecause its size, unlike the Survival Centerbuilding,allows for proper social distancing, Nortonsmith said.

Food is also delivered to several sites Hampshire Heights, Florence Heights, Meadowbrook Apartments, and 236 Pleasant St. for pickup on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.Nortonsmith and Klein plan on soon expanding the numberof sites. Groceries can be delivered to doorsteps atHampshire Heights, Florence Heights and Meadowbrook Apartments to those who fill out a form atcutt.ly/growfoodshares.

Anyone who needs food can access the program, Nortonsmith said.Theres no shame, theres no barrier. This is meant for people who are struggling, she said.

I just want people to know that this is happening, she said, so when you hear of a neighborsaying Ithink Im going to lose my job, or my smallbusiness is closing, or Im going to be furloughed for three months. Let them know, let them know, let them know.

Recently, the city gaveNorthampton Survival Center and Grow Food Northampton $25,000 in federal relief funds. A group of residentsalso contributed money to put towardproduce, Klein said.

The organizations arestill seeking additional funding, Klein said.This is anexpensive venture for all the organizations involved becausewe are buying this fresh, and in most cases organic, produce from local farmers.

This article has been updated.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.

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Last month, there was an outcry when people started panic buying toilet roll - and now other popular supermarket items, like flour and eggs, have been in short supply thanks to a rise in home baking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the polite plea of a shopkeeper for people to buy essentials responsibly has been widely praised on Twitter.

In a post, Liverpool-based store Mattas - who stock international foods, and particularly cater for those wanting vegetarian, vegan and organic produce - revealed they were putting up notices that read: Live simply so that others may simply live.

Captioning an image of the sign, they wrote: We put these signs up in our shop just as a gentle reminder, more to our new shoppers and its all about shopping for what you need.

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The moving post has been liked more than 540 times, and has received more than a hundred shares.

One person wrote: That's wonderful! Thank you.

Another commented: Beautiful words.

A third shared: How wonderfully thoughtful.

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And a fourth added: Love this.

It comes as it was revealed that certain foods can be eaten months after their best-before dates, according to consumer watchdog Which.

Eggs can be eaten one week after their best-before date, while opened milk can be consumed up a week after the use-by date.

The government have been encouraging people to shop less and try to use upwhat is in their cupboards and freezers.

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However, many are confused about the various dates on produce labels - and often throw out food too soon.

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), a use-by date on a label is about safety and is therefore the most important date to remember.

The best-before date, sometimes shown as BBE (best before end), is about quality and not safety.

They also explain that a best-before date will only be accurate if the food has been stored according to the instructions on the packaging.

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Lets talk worms.

I was always late to school because my mother worked dinner service at her restaurant, so was never awake for the morning school run. When I started year one we moved across the road from our school so we could manage ourselves in the morning.

We dutifully rose at 7am, had breakfast, did our ablutions, made ourselves lunch then settled ourselves on the couch to watch The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the 52-episode anime version that came on every day at 8.30am. Then wed bolt to school a little after the bell rang at 9am. Sometimes wed make it, sometimes we had to sit at the late bench. It all depended on whether the light was green when we got to the school crossing.

What does this have to do with worms? Well there was one episode that made such an impression on me that I still remember it clearly after 35 years.

It featured Guphs Giant Dirt-Devouring Worm, a creature that could eat through solid rock across the underworld between kingdoms. As a kid raised in the city, it blew my mind.

Before that point worms were so disgusting to me I avoided them at all costs. It never once crossed my mind they might be a subject worth pondering. .

They lived in the dirt, phallic in form, eating out of one end then expelling from the other. Not to mention they were slimy, unhygienic, dirty, alien and just gross worms even rhyme with germs. And then theres the myth every kid is fascinated by, that if you cut them in half they will just go ahead and multiply rather than die. Its not actually not true, the head may survive to grow a new tail but it does not essentially become two worms. But still, to my child brain: ewwww.

I can only express my shame now.

I have come to love and value worms. The presence of earthworms in the soil makes me fist pump the air. They are a visible indication of how healthy your soil microbiome system is. Where there are worms, there will likely be other micro organisms like fungi, protozoa, nematodes and actinomycetes. All very important for the soil, and many completely invisible to the naked eye. The worm is the clinical yardstick.

Although they make terrible pets unlike other domesticated animals, they will never care for you I still recommend everyone with even just a little bit of space keep composting worms.

Your return for investment is not affection; instead you will be gifted glorious vermicompost and worm juice from your scraps that is top-notch fertiliser for your garden or potted plants.

They are there to eat, and eat anything and mostly everything they will.

However, like anything done well, there are guidelines.

The following are lessons I have learned the hard way:

Make sure you start off with the right worms. Despite all this time you now have, do not go worm hunting in the garden! Leave those ones right alone. There are 6,000 known species of earthworms categorised in 20 families and not all of them are keen to eat your kitchen scraps. The most efficient worms available in Australia for composting are red worms, tiger worms and blue worms.

You dont need a fancy worm bin. A bucket with a spout that allows a bit of air flow is absolutely fine if you are composting indoors. Use any receptacle that you can drain, that doesnt conduct too much heat. There are so many vermicomposting systems available, but I have found worm farming success is less about the container and more about the balance of contents you put into it. On our farm, old bath tubs propped up on some bricks are ideal as they come already complete with a drain hole. Whatever you choose make sure you can cover it up with a lid, wood plank or fine netted material. This helps by keeping out the fruit flies and undesirable pests and rodents. Another great system I use in our home garden is cutting out the bottom of a garbage bin and burying that straight into the ground with the lid intact. You can then fill the bottom with some bought worms, or wait for the earthworms already in your garden to come hither and then start composting straight away.

Dont overfeed your worms! When youre first starting out, its easy to overwhelm your worms with too much food. Dont get excited and start overfeeding them just to see what they can handle. You will likely be starting with 1,000 worms, which sounds like a lot but is actually only a large handful. They will multiply over time, but that doesnt happen immediately, and youll end up with a smelly bin. Worms while efficient dont work that fast, and you can help them by chopping up the food contents into smaller pieces.

Break down your scraps by using a bokashi composting system first and then add the cured scraps to your worm bin. This will help the worms break the compost down even more efficiently so you can add the vermicompost to your garden faster. Also, the bokashi will have somewhat neutralised the odour.

No large bones and no citrus directly into the worm bin. Break down the citrus first in your bokashi or avoid putting it in altogether.

Acidity is the enemy of a healthy worm composting system. If you find that you have an uncontrollable amount of fruit fly larvae in your bin, add a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth, not lime. In my experience the wrong kind of lime will kill invertebrates and upset the PH balance of the environment. So make sure you have a good balance of carbon to nitrogen. I find a little more carbon than nitrogen is the key. You can tell if youve got the right mix by eyeballing your bin contents there should be a good ratio of carbon such as newspaper, empty loo rolls, egg cartons and leaf litter to nitrogen rich organic food matter, egg shells and dog poo.

If you find that the bin starts to smell, add shredded newspaper and even torn-up egg cartons. Do that too if you are going away and cannot feed the worms for an extended period.

Water your worms. They need a moist environment. A layer of wet newspaper over the contents also helps regulate the moisture. Use the dripping from your watering in your garden. Do not throw it out!

You know when vermicompost is ready when it looks like soil and is neutral in odour. It should be a lovely dark colour and not soggy. It will hold a ball shape when you throw it into the air and be friable (easily crumbled). This is an indication that it contains water soluble nutrients and microbes. If youve got a large bin or bathtub, move the vermicompost to one side, then start another pile of food on the opposite end of the container. The worms will naturally migrate there. In a bin, once you have a rich vermicompost and the food looks completely digested, stop adding more food for a couple of days. You can sieve the worms out to separate them from the vermicompost and then start another lot. If you have too many worms, split the lot into another bin or gift them to someone like a sourdough starter!

Vermicast is an incredibly rich fertiliser. Besides the set-up cost of buying some worms, if you care for it a worm farm is essentially free continuous fertiliser, and a way to transform your garbage into food.

I admire Auckland council and City of Melbourne council for implementing a New Zealand invention Hungry Bins in their city centres and around public buildings like the Queen Victoria market, embracing worm composting on a public scale.

My wish is that more city councils around the world replicate this as a way to deal with our organic waste. In doing so it might help city children, like my little ignorant past self, come to see worms not as disgusting but as magical creatures that play a tremendous role in our environment.

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Trend forecasters Kantar Worldpanel has estimated that there will be a rise of 38% in the amount of meals eaten at home during the coronavirus lockdown. But what will we be eating?

If you are the sort to follow so-called influencers on social media (silly you), you might be in for a surprise. Rather than producing a complicated hot chocolate matcha marble cake or majoring in seed-soaked trendy gluten-free vegan options, Kantar Worldpanel say consumers are less likely to experiment in uncertain times, and we should expect a rise in family favourites, especially those that can "fill up" the family such as stews and casseroles, curries, and shepherd's pies.

What are we buying?

Figures from America show that the trend towards buying more fresh or organic foods has been reversed. Basically, shoppers are reaching for oven chips and boxes of sugary cereal rather than organic food and whole grains.

So processed food is back?

For the moment, yes. It's good news for firms producing tinned and frozen foods, though it might not be quite so good for our waistlines.

What's the appeal?

It's hard to be certain but it seems the pull of comfort food is strong. This generation of parents were often brought up in the 1970s and 1980s. Back then, a trip to Fine Fare or William Low was a highlight of the week.

Supermarkets were exciting?

Yes. People increasingly had freezers and microwaves, more disposable income than before, and more women were working full-time, and that led to a boom in convenience food. For the first time, the mass of people had a choice when doing the messages. Supermarkets brought colour into our lives.

So oven chips are cool again?

Treats for this generation of parents included Findus Crispy Pancakes and French bread pizzas, Viennettas, microwave curries and black forest gateau. The emotional pull of processed food, or "food" as it was know then, remains strong.

What about Ice Magic?

Sadly, you can no longer buy the treat, which was poured over ice cream, and would set within moments. The advert lives on on YouTube though. Described as the most exciting thing that has ever happened to ice cream, it showed a very attractive lady skier out-running an avalanche of chocolate, without spoiling her back-combed hair.

Are snacks back too?

Kantar Worldpanel expect to see a significant rise in home snacking. Indulgent categories including chocolate and sweets as well as ice cream. As George Orwell found in The Road to Wigan Pier, in tough times most families prefer to buy something tasty to enrich their dull lives. Lots of sugar, basically.

Will this last once the lockdown is over?

Robert Moskow, an analyst at Credit Suisse, says: We counted three economic recessions in the past 30 years, and in each of them the data show that consumers shifted more toward at-home food consumption to save money. I would expect food-at-home consumption to increase, and not just for the next two months but for the next 12 months.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves.

They disinfect keypads, freezer handles and checkout counters as hundreds of people weave around them, sometimes standing too close for comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some work for hours behind clearplastic barriersinstalled at checkout counters, bulwarks against sudden sneezes or coughs that can propel germs.

They arent doctors or nurses, yet they have been praised for their dedicationby Pope Francis, former U.S. President Barack Obama and countless people on social media, as infections and death counts rise.

From South Africa to Italy to the U.S., grocery workers many in low-wage jobs are manning the frontlines amid worldwide lockdowns, their work deemed essential to keep food and critical goods flowing. Some fear falling sick or bringing the virus home to vulnerable loved ones, and frustration is mounting as some demand better workplace protections, including shorter hours to allow them to rest, and hazard pay for working closely with the public.

Everyone is scared everywhere, here in South Africa and everywhere in the world, said Zandile Mlotshwa, a cashier at Spar supermarket in the Johannesburg suburb of Norwood.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and the vast majority survive. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, even causing pneumonia or death.

In the U.S., a handful of states Minnesota and Vermont were the first have given grocery workers a special classification that allows them to put their children in state-paid child care while they work. Unions in Colorado, Alaska, Texas and many other states are pressing governors to elevate grocery workers to the status of first responders.

The governments responsibility is to step up in these moments, said Sarah Cherin, chief of staff for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Seattle, the first U.S. epicenter of COVID-19.

The union, which represents about 23,000 grocery workers and 18,000 health care workers, won early concessions for higher pay.

We have always been a group of people who come to work when others stay home, Cherin said. Our workers need the same protection others get.

U.S. grocery and food delivery workers are insisting employers pay them more and provide masks, gloves, gowns and access to testing. Whole Foods workers called for a recent sickout to demand better conditions, including double pay. A group of independent contractors for the Instacart grocery delivery service walked out to force more protections.

Some of the biggest employers in the U.S. are responding.

Kroger, the nations largest grocery chain, said it will give all hourly employees a $2-an-hour Hero Bonus through April 18. That follows temporary $2 pay bumps by Walmart, Target and others.

Walmarts raise is just for hourly employees in distribution centers, but its also giving bonuses to full- and part-time workers. Walmart, the nations largest private employer, and Target will provide masks and gloves to front-line workers and limit the number of customers in stores. Walmart is taking the temperatures of its nearly 1.5 million employees when they report to work.

Most will see it as a welcome relief, Walmart spokesman Dan Bartlett said of the new measures.

But that doesnt alleviate the fear when shoppers wont follow the rules, including social distancing.

Jake Pinelli, who works at a ShopRite in Aberdeen, New Jersey, said customers dont stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from others and typically dont wear masks or gloves. Staffers have protective gear, but the younger employees often give it to older co-workers or those they know have health conditions.

Most of us are terrified, Pinelli said. But he stays on because he wants to help.

I have not only bills to pay, but its the only way right now I feel like I can do anything for my community and help out, Pinelli said.

Some have fallen sick.

The Shaws supermarket chain told workers last week at six stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont that one of its employees had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The company reminded workers to wash their hands regularly and stay home if they dont feel well.

At the Organic Food Depot in Norfolk, Virginia, cash is no longer used. Customers cant bring reusable bags. Children under 16 are banned.

If somebody fell sick in the store, the store is most likely going to shut down, manager Jamie Gass said.

Gass, 47, said his wife has asthma, which means she would be more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Yet he feels pride going to a job that helps ensure people get fed in a crisis.

Am I scared that I could catch this? Absolutely, Gass said. But Im sure everybody is in that position. Im just taking as many precautions as I can, so I dont have to worry as much.

In Italy, where more than 14,000 people have died of COVID-19, consumers seem to prefer smaller, family-run stores and markets.

One of them, the Innocenzi grocery store in Rome, was established in 1884 by Emanuela Innocenzis grandfather. Its wooden shelves, marble entrance steps and cherished custom of clerks waiting on each customer hearken back to another era. The small store now allows in only two customers at a time.

A dentists office provided masks, which employees wipe down with alcohol each day and reuse.

Emanuela Innocenzi shrugged off the popes praise.

The doctors, the nurses have special training, she said. This is our work.

Associated Press writers Ben Finley in Norfolk, Virginia; Michael Casey in Boston; Alexandra Olson and Anne DInnocenzio in New York; Frances Demilio in Rome; Andrew Meldrum in Johannesburg; and video journalist Rodrique Ngowi in Quincy, Massachusetts, contributed to this report.

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