Save your rivers, eat a New Zealand apple?

Most people these days are used to thinking about the “carbon footprint” of consumer goods, and know about the concept of “food miles”. But have you ever thought about the “virtual water content” of your food? I hadn’t, so found this story in New Zealand Farmers Weekly quite fascinating. Apparently, about 6.5 litres of water […]

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Food chemicals pose cancer risks for growers

I thought gardening might be soothing, but according to research released this week by Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research workers in plant nurseries are four times more likely to develop the cancer Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, with apple and pear growing associated with a five-fold risk. The researchers attribute this risk to exposure to the […]

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