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I’m dreaming of a GM-free Christmas

Elisabeth Winkler: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a GM-free Christmas. So make my Christmas dinner organic, please. I don’t want to eat genetically modified (GM) food at Christmas, or anytime. In fact, I resent even having to write that sentence. Genetic modification has no place in my world. It is an outdated technology which messes with nature at its most basic 'building block' level, by inserting a gene from another species (plant, animal, bacterium and/or virus) into a plant, thus 'modifying' it.

08 December 2014 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 7

8 Small Steps to a Big Organic Christmas

Hayley Coristine: With holiday music filling the airwaves and twinkling Santas lighting up the city streets, it’s hard to ignore the warm fuzzy feeling that bubbles up before Christmas. At the same time, while many of us try to avoid needless buying for the rest of the year, this season can sometimes feel like a bit of a moral dilemma. Let’s face it: when your kid is pushing for the sleek sophistication of the latest in touchscreen technology, a pair of argyle socks just isn’t going to cut it. To help subdue your internal conflict, here are eight tips to celebrate an ethical, environmentally-friendly Christmas that doesn’t cost the earth.

27 November 2014 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 2

Packing geese and Merry Christmas...

Emma Heseltine: We are plucking and dressing the geese this week. It’s a several stage process and it starts with removing the tail and wing feathers. Geese are water birds so have several layers of feathers to remove, not as easy as chicken or even duck. We are collecting these big feathers as some beekeepers in the area have asked for them as they are very useful. I'll admit I didn’t find out what for, most likely some kind of brushing and not for bee tickling (which isn’t a thing).

23 December 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

A very British Christmas

Anna Louise Batchelor: I recently read in the Guardian Newspaper that we are increasingly forgoing British traditions for the festive season and replacing them with a more Scandinavian approach to Christmas. Now I’m a big fan of the culture that the Scandinavian countries have exported, from Nordic Noir to my ever increasing traditional woolie jumper collection. I also appreciate the very ‘clean’ approach to eating hallowed in Scandinavian culture; lots of fresh fish, great portions of vegetables and complex carbohydrates like rye bread. However when it comes to Christmas I’m not budging on my tried and tested since childhood traditional Christmas.

14 December 2012 | 98 Comments | Recommended by 7

Driving the Tractor, Goodbye Geese and a very Merry Christmas....

Emma Heseltine: Im feeding the creatures at Houghton. Six bales are in the trailer and two dogs are eager to assist. It’s a fairly simple process although with all the gates it does involve a lot if jumping on and off the quad.

26 December 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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