Urban growth: meet the city farmers looking to use vacant land and abandoned buildings to transform Scotland’s food landscape
Growers fear strawberries will be left to rot as Europe’s migrant workers stay away – but it’s not just a Brexit issue
Like many things considered quintessentially English, the humble strawberry is an immigrant. The first garden variety was grown in France in the 18th century, the result of cross-pollinating strawberries from North and South America. Those luscious fruits you buy today in the supermarket? A marriage of European and A merican strains.
It was only thanks to the penchant of Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for serving wild strawberries with cream, that the fruit assumed totemic importance in the English psyche, never more so than during Wimbledon fortnight when tennis fans consume more than 34,000 kilos of the stuff.Continue reading...
Canada: Embracing ‘citified’ agriculture means rethinking land use priorities, says U of A researcher
The chlorine washing of food, the controversial “cleaning” technique used by many US poultry producers who want access to the British market post-Brexit, does not remove contaminants, a new study has found.
The investigation, by a team of microbiologists from Southampton University and published in the US journal mBio, found that bacilli such as listeria and salmonella remain completely active after chlorine washing. The process merely makes it impossible to culture them in the lab, giving the false impression that the chlorine washing has been effective.
This is very concerning. Chlorine-washed chicken, giving the impression of being safe, can cross contaminate the kitchen
A report by the Soil Association highlights 10 concerns about food safety in a post-Brexit era. These foods are currently banned in the UK:Continue reading...
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