April 30th, 2015 by Waitrose
The ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme has already given out 37 kits to Guernsey schools.
The scheme aims to encourage seven to eleven year old children from across the UK and the Channel Islands to grow their own produce, which they can then sell to Waitrose customers.
The kit, which has been specially designed by Waitrose to get school vegetable patches up and running, includes seeds, equipment and step-by-step growing instructions and aims to promote healthy eating and increase pupils understanding of where their food comes from.
March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers
Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change.
On Monday 31 March 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.
Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution.
However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.
Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases.
January 27th, 2014 by Richard Lord
The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers planted trees on east-facing terraced land marked on maps as wildlife habitat in Delancey Park, St Sampson on Saturday morning, 25 January 2014.
The St Sampson parish land, which had become overgrown and had accumulated litter, was cleared by Community Service before The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers began planting.
The States of Guernsey Culture and Leisure department maintain Delancey Park to provide facilities such as the football field, the bowling green, and the children’s playground.
September 18th, 2013 by University of Exeter
A paper ‘Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world‘ published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year.
The research by scientists at the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, shows a strong relationship between increased global temperatures over the past 50 years and expansion in the range of crop pests. Continue reading
July 24th, 2013 by Guernsey Welfare Service
Customers were given a suggested shopping list when entering the stores including items such as pasta, pasta sauces, cereals, coffee, sugar and biscuits to be distributed to people in need within the local community.
The Guernsey Welfare Service, an independent charity that operates under the umbrella of ‘Churches Together in Guernsey’, works in partnership with other local agencies to provide financial and practical support to those in need on the island.
One of the services the charity offers is a food bank and in a typical week the charity gives out 20 food parcels to local Continue reading
June 25th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department
The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is highlighting just how much food is currently going in the bin to help encourage islanders to reduce this waste.
The States of Guernsey department unveiled its latest campaign outside the Town Market, in St Peter Port where it has installed stacks of tyres and a pile of old bin sacks to offer a visual reminder of how much food is currently wasted.
Last year, an estimated 4,500 tonnes was thrown away by Guernsey households.
That is equivalent to around 165 kg per home in Guernsey – or the weight of around 15 tyres.
It also accounts for more than a third of what goes into local bins.
Based on an average of two black sacks a week, that would equate to around 30 bags a year for each household. Continue reading
June 23rd, 2013 by Les Bourgs Hospice
Food, drink and good company are the key ingredients for a new Les Bourgs Hospice fundraiser.
Hospice-tality for our Hospice will see islanders hosting social events for friends or family who will be asked to make an anonymous donation to Les Bourgs.
All the money raised during the month-long event in September 2013 will go towards the hospice’s £800,000 annual running costs.
“We wanted to create an event that everyone could take part in, no matter whether they are old or young, live in a small flat or a large house, have lots of friends or a select group,” said Trish De La Mare, Les Bourgs fundraising administrator. Continue reading
June 14th, 2013 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards
In the first five months of 2013, the Green Legacy Project, now in its fourth year, has provided workshops in Green Legacy’s eco garden at Queux Patio Plants to almost 400 school children. The workshops have covered ‘Wiggly Worms’, ‘Nature’s Recyclers’ and ‘How Plants Grow’.
The Green Legacy Project gives both social and economic benefits by educating people about Nature and plants.
This long term project received £2,000 from Insurance Corporation to fund its activities. Continue reading
June 13th, 2013 by Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze have expressed concern that laboratory tests have found traces of the weed killer glyphosate in the bodies of people in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK.
Urine tests of 182 volunteers in 18 European countries, found that on average 44% of samples contained traces of glyphosate.
Of the ten samples taken in London in March 2013, seven had weed killer traces.
All the volunteers who gave samples live in cities, and none had handled or used glyphosate products in the run up to the tests.
This is the first time monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the weed killer in humans.
Glyphosate is one of the most widely-used weed killers in the world, used by farmers, local government and gardeners, as well as sprayed extensively on some genetically modified crops which are then imported into Europe for use as animal Continue reading
June 7th, 2013 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited
Colin Macleod, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Chief Executive, and Geraldine Silk, of the Guernsey Bee Keepers’ Association, joined pupils at Castel Primary School to educate them on the plight of the honeybee, and to plant wildflower seeds to encourage bees into the school’s outdoor woodland classroom.
The initiative was set up to help, support and expand the Channel Islands’ struggling bee population. Continue reading