EU PROPAGANDA TO BE DISPLAYED ON FARMS
Farmers have been told that they will be penalised financially if they refuse to co-operate. Farmers receiving more than half a million pounds per year must put up and pay for a billboard measuring 4ft x 6ft, describing how they have been supported by EU subsidies, showing the EU logo and the slogan "European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas".
It will be noted that the slogan isn't very catchy and is unlikely to impress many people. It also suggests that the pro-EU faction is losing the argument.
Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, is not impressed. She has described the propaganda as a waste of money which will not help Europe's case.
I also suggest that forcing farmers to publish propaganda is likely to backfire.
Six of the varieties were found in hedgerows over the last 20 years; they illustrate the point that that apples from pips can be as good as (or better) than registered vareities. This should not be surprising; many of our well-known apples (e.g. Cox, Braeburn, Ribston, Granny Smith) were not bred; they arose as chance seedlings.
31 Oct 15
PUMPKINS AND HALLOWEEN
Mike Leigh recently wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph about the valuable land wasted on growing pumpkins simply to have their insides hollowed out for Halloween.
Supermarkets should provide a recipe with every pumpkin sold - for roast pumpkin or pumpkin soup, for example, both of which are delicious. This would also increase sales of the other ingredients needed.
(summarised from a letter from AH, Chartham, Kent, also in the DT)
30 Oct 15
Leicestershire Heritage Apples Project is teaming up with Botcheston farm, Leicestershire, which supplies organic vegetable boxes, in the planning of an orchard which will grow Leicestershire Heritage Apples and other uncommon varieties.
28 Oct 15
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