Archive for the ‘Honey’ Category
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
The French Minister of Agriculture has announced his intention to ban Syngenta’s pesticide ‘Cruiser’ from the French market in a few weeks time; ‘Cruiser’ is largely used on oilseed rape and contains the neonicotinoid ‘Thiamethoxam’, which recent studies in ‘Science’ have revealed to be harmful to bees ability to forage and navigate.
Other studies have revealed that this pesticide affects bumblebees and other pollinators in a similar harmful manner.
Thiamethoxam was used on over 736,000 acres of crops in the UK in 2010.
Here are the most recent figures for Thiamethoxam in the UK (2010) – as you will see, the usage increased TENFOLD from 2009 to 2010.
It stood at 298,000 hectares – or 736,000 acres in 2010.
We do not know what the usage was for 2011 but presumably if the rate of increase is sustained it could well be over a million hectares now?
THIAMETHOXAM USAGE IN THE UK
Year Region Crop Group Active Substance Total Area Treated (ha)1 Total Weight Applied (kg)
2010 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 298,007 9,105
2009 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 22,567 938
2008 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 21,909 940
2007 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,333 5.6
2006 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,213 5.4
2005 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,213 5.4
Given that the French are about to ban this dangerous neonicotinoid, how long before DEFRA and the other regulators here in the UK follow suit?
How long before the British Bee Keepers Association calls for a ban?
Or will they do their usual trick of leaping to the defense of the pesticide industry?
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
I’m often asked if the traditional drink of Honey and Lemon really does any good if you have a sore throat.
I have often use it and consider it to give great relief, in fact I wouldn’t be without it. Honey contains a variety of enzymes, proteins and has strong anti-bacterial properties which have been widely known since….well almost before time.
To say it actually cures a sore throat would probably be just a touch too inaccurate but it will help greatly and will do no harm. However, it is recommended that honey not be fed to infants under the age of one year. This is due to the potential for honey to carry C. botulinum spores which may be harmful to the undeveloped immune systems of infants.
Honey is considered to be one of the best natural remedies for sore throats, coughs and general cold symptoms. Honey has long been used in various natural sore throat remedies. Even today many commercial preparations for sore throats and coughs are still primarily based on honey. For a simple and natural remedy to a cold or sore throat, take one teaspoon of honey twice a day until cured. If your cold or sore throat persists for longer than 5 days, I recommend you contact your doctor.
Another recipe that I have heard used by several people with some success, although I have never used it myself, is made as follows:
3 tbls of lemon Juice.
4 tbls of Ground Ginger. (Some recommend using fresh root ginger, mashed)
3 tsps of Honey.
2 tsps of Salt.
1 Pint of boiling water.
Put the boiling water in a measuring jug, add all the other ingredients and stir thoroughly until all is dissolved. Allow to cool slightly and drink by sipping slowly.
This recipe is also reportedly good for the relief of the symptoms of: Headaches, Migraine, Toothache and Earache etc. Although as I have mentioned, I have not used it myself. I would be most interested to hear from anyone who has used it and what effects were experienced.