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Food fascism or food security: the pros and cons of Monsanto and GM maize

By | October 15th, 2013|Green|

I keep picturing Snow White’s apple when I see Genetically Modified (GM) maize or mielies as we call them. If you see them ripening in the fields they are beautiful. They grow tall and strong and each cob is perfectly formed. Just like Snow White’s apple. […] «Food fascism or food security: the pros and cons of Monsanto and GM maize»

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Private to public, road to rail the future of low carbon transport in SA

By | August 29th, 2013|Green|

In our cities we have to move away from private cars towards public transport. In our freight transport we have to move from the roads back to the rails. How can this be achieved in a society where the first item people want to buy when they start earning more is a motor vehicle and where our railways leave much to be desired? […] «Private to public, road to rail the future of low carbon transport in SA»

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Winds of change for SA’s fruit industry

By | August 29th, 2013|Green|

South Africa has approximately 4500 export fruit growers who are coming together under one body to consolidate an industry that is based on sound, internationally benchmarked social, ethical and environmental principles. […] «Winds of change for SA’s fruit industry»

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The man who revolutionised game capture

By | April 3rd, 2013|Green|

Jan Oelofse was a legend. Few people deserve this accolade and he is one of them. Independent, brave and headstrong, he pioneered the mass game capture technique known as the ‘Oelofse Method’ that revolutionised game capture and the game industry in Africa. […] «The man who revolutionised game capture»

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Adopt a River

By | April 2nd, 2013|Green|

‘At first the learners don’t regard rivers as important; they just see them as running water unrelated to their lives. Many also have a fear of rivers because they’ve been told frightening stories about river snakes.’ Wendy Ngcobo, an environmental education coordinator for the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), discusses the initial attitude of the [...]

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Where People Of The Sea Meet Marine Protected Areas

By | January 22nd, 2013|Green|

In their small, brightly painted boats the fishermen head out to sea. On some days they return with a haul of fresh linefish for their families and some extra to sell. On other days they return empty-handed. […] «Where People Of The Sea Meet Marine Protected Areas»

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New ‘Boutique’ Carbon Projects For SA

By | October 10th, 2012|Green|

It’s relatively easy to measure how many tons of carbon are present in a tropical forest, using physical measurements and satellite photos. But how do you measure how much carbon is present in a wetland or in a million hectares of grassland soil? It’s not easy, says Onno Huyser, the WWF Senior Manager for Fynbos and Succulent Karoo. Which is why tropical forests are sought after in the global carbon market. But it’s not enough. […] «New ‘Boutique’ Carbon Projects For SA»

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The Karoo’s First Protected Environment

By | August 10th, 2012|Green|

The first Protected Environment in the Karoo, Eastern Cape, has been proclaimed. Called the Compassberg Protected Environment it is a critical water catchment area spanning 42 000 hectares of livestock and game farms, and including the iconic Compassberg. […] «The Karoo’s First Protected Environment»

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Hooves, Hooves and More Hooves

By | May 9th, 2012|Farming, Green|

Too much rest damages the veld and only intense livestock hoof action can restore vegetation and reverse the effects of desertification, a major cause of climate change. Four decades since he gave his first course on holistic farming in South Africa, holistic management pioneer Allan Savory returned to Graaff-Reinet for a three-day workshop. Heather Dugmore was there. […] «Hooves, Hooves and More Hooves»

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Will Shell Frack Up the Karoo

By | April 22nd, 2012|Green|

Farmers, communities, environmental organisations, geologists and water specialists are up in arms about global energy and petrochemical company Shell’s application to explore for shale gas over 90 000km2 in the water-stressed Karoo. The proposed exploration method, called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, involves drilling boreholes 4-5km deep, followed by the introduction of a mixture of chemicals, sand and millions of litres of water into the boreholes under enormous pressure to fracture the geological structures and force the free flow of shale gas, also called natural gas. […] «Will Shell Frack Up the Karoo»

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