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WeedKiller in our Breakfast Cereals?

I knew that Tomato plants are poisoned at the end of their  growing life so as to ripen the tomatoes quickly for the markets. I was never sure what with and always tried to either grow my own or just not eat them. Now I realize there are a lot more crops getting the same treatment.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its second round of 2018 test results measuring glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, in popular oat-based cereals and foods.

The nonprofit organization released the new results after two companies, Quaker and General Mills, told the public it has no reason to worry about traces of glyphosate in its products.

Not True

Why is there glyphosate in our food? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops each year. Glyphosate is primarily used on Roundup Ready corn and soybeans that are genetically modified to withstand the herbicide.

Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide, meaning it’s taken up inside of the plant, including the parts livestock and humans wind up eating.

Glyphosate is sprayed on other non-GMO crops, like wheat, oats, barley and beans, right before harvest. Farmers sometimes call this “burning down” the crops and do this to kill the food plants and dry them out so that they can be harvested sooner.

Interesting

28 products tested, those with the highest levels of glyphosate include: (1)

  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Honey Nut (2,837 ppb)
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Brown Sugar (2,746 ppb)
  • Quaker Overnight Oats, Unsweetened with Chia Seeds (1,799 ppb)
  • Cheerios, Oat Crunch Cinnamon (1,171 ppb)
  • Quaker Overnight Oats, Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven (1,029 ppb)
  • Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars, Peanut Butter (1,014 ppb)
  • Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars, Cranberry Almond (894 ppb)
  • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (868 ppb)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (833 ppb)
  • Chocolate Cheerios (826)

Now I love my porridge but I think I need to have second thoughts about where  I buy this porridge and what label I buy.

I mean what can you do  as it seems there is generally lots of not so good stuff  being being sprayed on our food, especially our kids food. For me what the heck,  I have come this far eating porridge its not so bad for me but the kids have a lifetime to be concerned. Bio Dynamic food is an option and any other organic grown produce for me in the future. Maybe some of these companies need to overhaul the harvesting techniques to prevent this happening. I will cost us more for the product though but for health of the children I think it would be a good thing.

This information came from the website of Dr Axe if you wish to read more on the subject

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Amazing Stuff is Epsom Salts For Your Garden

 

Just read this article and am off to the store to get some epsom salts. Reason being have just planted tomatoes and other plants and since it has done nothing but rain I am sure they need some of this magnesium in the form of Epsom salts.

This article if from a website I have never heard of but looks good diyeverywhere.com

Here are the 15 ways to use Epsom Salts in your garden.

  1. Great for peppers tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes:  Apparently it is great for improving the yield plus the flavor. It is recommended adding 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Epsom salt to your peppers and tomatoes by sprinkling it around the base of the plant. If you want it to dilute quicker add it to 3.8 litres of water and do this every two weeks.
  2. Rid pests: Epsom salt won’t make snails and slugs wither away like table salt but it will keep them at bay. Use the 1 tablespoon to 3.8 liters but know that it is water-soluble so needs to be done often.
  3. Makes fruit sweeter: when added to trees, bushes and vines that produce fruit, boosts the chlorophyll inside the plant. Thus more energy and more energy produces more sugar. So sweeter the fruit it is.
  4. Helps stop transplant shock: Transplant shock is something that happens mostly when you are a bit rough planting the seedlings. Epsom salts is something that will help the plant overcome this.  To help prevent this you can sprinkle some epsom salts around the base of the plant once in the ground or you can put a few crystals in the hole where the plant is intended. Cover the salts with a little dirt before you put the plant in the hole.
  5. Keep the leaves green: If your plants leaves are going a little yellow usually it means it needs magnesium.  Feed your plants 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the mineral per 12 inches (30 cm) of height one time a month.
  6. Kill the weeds: You can kill weeds by mixing a couple of cups of the mineral with a gallon (3.8 liters) of vinegar and some liquid dish detergent. Put it in a spray bottle and spray your weeds but keeping in mind to keep it off your plants or it will kill them too.
  7. Makes lawn nice and lush: If your lawn is a bit yellow chances are it needs magnesium. To perk up grass, Best Plants suggests adding 3 pounds (1.35 kg) of Epsom salt to every 1,250 square feet (116 square meters) of grass and then watering your lawn.
  8. Rots tree stumps: It is recommended drilling holes into the stump and filling in the holes with Epsom salt. In weeks, the stump will begin rotting.
  9. Blooming Roses: Adding Epsom salt to rose bushes encourages them to produce larger flowers with darker, deeper colors. To incorporate Epsom salt to your rose bush’s diet, add it at the time of planting and when flowers are in bloom.
  10. Removes splinters: Soak the area that has the splinter in it in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Epsom salt and water. That should make the splinter pop out of your skin on its own.
  11. Fights Frizzle Top: Palm trees suffer from what they call “Frizzle Top”. This can be rid of by spraying magnesium to the top and base of the palm tree.
  12. Cure for curly leaf: If your plant has curly leaf  a tablespoon of epsom salts should cure that.
  13. Potted Plant health: Because potted plants usually lack magnesium more so than those planted in the ground it is recommended to add a tablespoon (30mls) once a month to the surrounding soil.
  14. Increase nutrient takeup: Epsom salts helps the plants absorb other nutrients more efficiently. By adding plain Epsom salt, you won’t have to bother with so much fertilizer.
  15. Increase the health of ferns: Epsom salt helps ferns and plants similar to ferns, such as elephant ear, have rich, dark foliage. Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Epsom salt to a gallon (3.8 liters) of water and spray ferns and elephant ears to achieve the look.

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Kangen Water – Amazing Power to Clean Produce

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This is what I love about my machine. I rinse all my vegetables even lettuce and it is so surprising what washes off,  even Organic fruit and vegetables. 

Cleaning fruits and vegetables:

This is 11.5 pH Kangen Water’s greatest use: Today, pesticides are petroleum-based chemicals with high mercury residues that CANNOT be washed off by tap water. On the contrary, when washed with tap water, loaded with chlorine and fluoride, the pesticide will actually ABSORB the chlorine and fluoride INTO the fruit or vegetable. Testing your water for chlorine and fluoride before and after washing your fruits and vegetables can prove this. After washing your fruits and vegetables, your tap water will be TOTALLY free of chlorine and fluoride. Where did it go? It went straight into the fruits and vegetables and the petroleum-based pesticide it is coated with. Take 11.5 pH Super Kangen Water® and literally watch the petroleum-based residue drip right off. Try this experiment at home. Take 11.5 pH Strong Kangen Water® and submerge a bunch of cherry tomatoes in it. Also take tap water and do the same thing. Wait 15 minutes and take the tomatoes out of both waters. Your 11.5 pH water will be filthy dirty with the pesticide residues and your tap water will be as clean as a whistle… MINUS THE CHLORINE AND FLUORIDE. Your 11.5 pH washed tomatoes will taste delicious while your tap water washed tomatoes will taste awful. This alone is a reason why you should have a Kangen Water® System in your home.

Read more at: http://www.lifechanging-water.com/

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Did You Know – 05/30/2016

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  1. Coffee beans are not beans they are fruit pits – A coffee bean is a seed of the coffee plant, and is the source for coffee. It is the pit inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Just like ordinary cherries, the coffee fruit is also a so-called stone fruit. Even though the coffee beans are seeds, they are referred to as ‘beans’.  When green coffee beans are roasted, other molecules with the typical pleasant aroma of coffee are generated, which are not present in fresh green coffee. During roasting, the major part of the unpleasant-tasting volatile compounds are neutralised.

 

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2. Tomatoes added to roasts will help tenderize them naturally. Tomatoes contain an acid that works well to break down meats. Ginger is also a good tenderizer.: You’ll often find ginger listed as an ingredient in marinades, did you know it’s not just for its flavor? Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that naturally breaks down protein.

 

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3. Honey and raw garlic great for the body as we all knowBut if you Take 2-3 garlic cloves, chop them finely, and add a tablespoon of honey.Taken every day it will boost your energy levels to an extremely high extent!
The following garlic flu tonic will efficiently boost your immunity and prevent and soothe a sore throat and treat flu and cold symptoms. It is very potent and strong natural remedy. This is how to prepare it:

Garlic flu tonic-recipe
Ingredients:
5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2 red chili peppers, coarsely chopped

Next, you should get a 350-500ml Mason jar, and add the chopped onion in one layer, then the chopped garlic in another, and then the hot peppers, with the seeds. Next, add the ginger, pour the lemon juice into the jar, and the organic apple cider vinegar in the end.
Seal the jar tightly, but note that you should leave 1cm of free space from the rim. Then, keep the jar in the pantry. Consume it regularly to prevent ailments, or until your symptoms completely disappear.

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4. The shortest national anthem is the Japanese national anthem which is only 4 lines long. Its lyrics are the oldest among the world’s national anthems, and with a length of 11 measures and 32 characters “Kimigayo” is also one of the world’s shortest.

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5. Caraway seeds are believed to have been used in Europe longer than any other condiment. Their use was first recorded in Egypt in the medical papyrus of the Thebes in 1552 B.C.

Superstitions held that caraway had the power to prevent the theft of any object that contained the seed and to keep lovers from losing interest in one another. Caraway is used for digestive problems including heartburn, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, and mild spasms of the stomach and intestines. Caraway oil is also used to help people cough up phlegm, improve control of urination, kill bacteria in the body, and relieve constipation.

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Muffins Great For School Lunches

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How easy are these and so quick. You can even give them to the kids for their lunch boxes. And what’s even better you can freeze for later use.

Mini Egg Muffins

Ingredients

Spring onion as required
Chopped tomatoes as required
Onion as required
Cheese as required
Green Capsicum
Fresh coriander
You can add chicken or other lean meats, spinach, ricotta cheese, bacon, and lots more as per your taste.
Eggs x 6 – beaten with 2 tbsp milk, black pepper to taste

Instructions

-Preheat oven at 200 C
-Grease your mini muffin tin
-Add vegetables of your choice along with cheese (if you choose), pour beaten egg mixture on it.
-Place muffin pan on the center rack of a preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until muffins are light brown, puffy, and the eggs are set.
-Let muffins cool for a few minutes before removing from the muffin pan or cups. Loosen gently with knife if they seem to be sticking. Eat immediately or let cool completely and store in plastic bag in refrigerator or freezer. The Egg Muffins can be reheated in the microwave.

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Did You Know You – 05/27/2014

1. That you could do this with an orange.

 
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2. The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!
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3. To Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows
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4. If you Install a regular coat rack low down the wall to store shoes safely off the floor
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5. If You Use a magnetic strip to store hair pins on inside of a cupboard.
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6. If you Use a Post-It note when drilling to catch the dust

 

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The Good Things About Tomatoes

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