Biosecurity and the RWC: How much will that cup really cost us?

What happens when you drop the border protection standards for a primary exporting country, just so rugby fans can get into the country quicker? ? ? ? Industry group Horticulture New Zealand is right to be concerned by a drop in NZ’s border control for the Rugby World Cup. They claim more than 270,000 passengers […]

E. Coli: Lessons for the Home

The E. Coli outbreaks that have become so prevalent overseas lately are enough to make one’s spinach wilt at the mere thought. It does soldify in my mind one simple lesson for the home gardener : NEVER put fresh manure on your vegetable garden. ALWAYS make sure it is composted well, with lashings of lime. […]

NZ Product Recall for Spinach and Salads

Ugh. Consumer.org.nz has just sent out an email about vegetable products that may be contaminated with listeria. Particularly nasty for pregnant women. The following products with a best-before date of 12/01/2011 to 19/01/2011 inclusive are affected: Pams Fresh Express Baby Spinach, 120g bag, 300g bag, 2kg loose bulk Pams Fresh Express Green Cos & Spinach […]

Pestilence and disease

Holidays, no matter how wonderful, take their toll. Two weeks in Melbourne was amazing and I’ve got lots of great pictures and posts to cover that over the next couple of days. But the wonderful/sinister side of eating out so often is that nutrition gets all out of whack – restaurants aren’t known for their […]