Zero Grazing is wrong wrong wrong

Any idea what zero grazing is? I’ve just been enlightened. Its when the cows are kept indoors in sheds instead of being able to graze naturally outside. The fodder is brought indoors to them. It is an intensive system that produces a lot of milk from a small amount of land, at the expense of animal welfare… and its wrong.

I do tend to harp on about organic milk in my newsletter (subscribe here) but there is very good reason to. By purchasing organic milk you ensure you are supporting soil association standards which ensure a high standard of animal welfare. The dairy cows are not fed and managed in ways that attempt to push them into production levels beyond their natural capacity. Organic milk also ensures that cows are kept outdoors as much as possible and are always given comfortable bedding. The Soil Association also ensure that the calves will not have been exported to the continent as veal. Read more about that here, and buy organic milk here.

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Fantastic Sun block to give away

Absolutely Lovely Skin care products

Where is the lowest place on the planet? Yep, it’s the Dead Sea- at 392 metres below sea level, a place where the heat and lack of humidity means that the water quickly evaporates, leaving a highly concentrated solution that provides the 21 minerals found in Dead Sea Majik skin care products.

The main minerals which are important to our skin are Potassium, which acts as a water balance regulator and for detoxification, Magnesium, which is anti allergic, Bromide, an antiseptic agent, and Sulphur, which stimulates cell regeneration.

The Dead Sea range are packed with these minerals and more. You can really feel the difference after you have used them.

Sunsafe

I would like to pick one product out of this range to recommend to you on these sunny days. It’s the Sunsafe SPF50. It’s great for the skin , including the face; it’s anti-ageing, packed with minerals, easily absorbed, water proof, non visible and hypoallergenic – and most importantly it protects our skin effectively from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays for up to 8 hours. Remember: skin cancer is a growing concern, so take out an insurance policy for your skin with a little protection from Sunsafe SPF 50, then you can relax and enjoy it even more – knowing that you and you family are ‘covered’.

Sunsafe to give away

I have 5 tubes of Sunsafe SPF 50 to give away. e-mail info@goodnessdirect.co.uk putting “sunsafe” in the subject line. Tell me a sunny tale, anecdote or incident about the sunshine, summer or sunburn (or just enter) and I’ll pick 5 winners on 4th July.

Eating popcorn could help you live longer

I have a friend from the middle east who finds our western diet rather difficult. To compensate for dislike of our sweet sugary foods he will snack on dates, apricots and massive bowls full of home popped popcorn. When I heard about this report I immediately though of my friend who I’m sure,will outlive me according to Dr Jacobs. Dr David Jacobs is the Nutrition expert from the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA, and he has recently completed a ten-year study of women aged between 55 and 69 years. The study has shown that women who eat about 10 servings of whole grain foods per week live longer, than those who don’t, with a risk reduction at any given age for diseases such as heart disease and diabetes of 15-35%. He maintains that these wholesome whole grains can indeed lengthen your life, and that is good news as bread, popcorn, brown rice are all included in the study. Whole grains contain fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Whole grains move carcinogens through the intestines faster, lowering cancer and heart disease rates and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels steady.Good ways of including more whole grains in your diet can be to choose wholegrain breakfast cereal, bread and crackers as well as brown rice, pasta and legumes and to look for ingredients such as rolled and cracked wheat; not forgetting popcorn.

How to make popcorn

Cover the bottom of a thick bottomed pan with a little oil, (try coconut oil, or macadamia nut oil as they don’t form transfats when heated) heat the oil till hot and sprinkle in a layer of popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan. Place a lid on the pan and return to the heat, giving the occasional shake. Very soon the popping will begin. Keep giving the occasional shake and heat over the next few minutes while all the grains pop. When the popping stops, remove from heat. Flavour to taste, either with a little salt or sweetener, or just as it is.