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Getting in a FIT over the Big Society

On the 7th February 2011 Chris Huhne announced a comprehensive review of Feed in Tariffs2 to help ensure ‘investment certainty’. The statement cites ‘growing evidence that large scale solar farms could soak up money intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity’.

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Do it with nettles

They're coming through nice and tender right now, and so is sorrel - so get busy with the gloves and the scissors...

Nettle pesto

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Complementary Health: Molasses

by Julia Briscoe

I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, specialising in Complementary Therapies, my core therapy being homeopathy.  I also run a couple of support groups for people with cancer or end of life needs, one of which focuses on self-help techniques and relaxation / meditation.  Self help, in my opinion, is something that should be easy, low cost and sustainable in terms of inclusion into a lifestyle.  It should also be suitable for all, not just my cancer and end of life care patients so it’s lovely to have been asked to share a few of the suggestions I make for my patients.

Obviously many of my patients are extremely unwell but none the less, one of the first things I assess when I treat someone for the first time is their nutritional status.  Most people, especially around the winter months find it difficult to maintain adequate nutrition for many reasons including Christmas, colds and influenzas and the cold weather makes many of us lean towards more stodgy, comfort foods.

There are a couple of simple ways to ensure that your vitamin and mineral intake is adequate without having to spend a fortune on supplements and one of the main suggestions I have for people is to use Black Treacle / Blackstrap Molasses.

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Complementary Health: cider vinegar

by Julia Briscoe

I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, specialising in Complementary Therapies, my core therapy being homeopathy.  I also run a couple of support groups for people with cancer or end of life needs, one of which focuses on self-help techniques and relaxation / meditation.  Self help, in my opinion, is something that should be easy, low cost and sustainable in terms of inclusion into a lifestyle.  It should also be suitable for all, not just my cancer and end of life care patients so it’s lovely to have been asked to share a few of the suggestions I make for my patients.

Obviously many of my patients are extremely unwell but none the less, one of the first things I assess when I treat someone for the first time is their nutritional status.

Cider vinegar, also known as Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) often comes up as a suggestion for people to try as a low cost nutritional supplement.

ACV is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid.  Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to begin the fermentation process.  Ultimately, this produces what is known as ‘The Mother’ which looks like a cobweb.  It is this that gives cider vinegar its famed healing powers.  Therefore ideally, if possible, unfiltered cider vinegar is the best, although I have seen good results with cider vinegar bought in any supermarket or health food shop.

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Peace and Permaculture in Bolivia

An interview with Kim Glick, a Permaculture graduate who took her skills to Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Some of our MWPN Permaculture students met Kim when she came along to assist Steve Jones facilitate the PDC in Llandrindod. Her knowedge of global Permaculture were informed by her 3 year service with a remote South American community where she initiated a project to rejuvenate seed stocks.

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