Daily Archives: July 8, 2011

Off-grid U.K. couple faced with prison

From The Mid-Devon Gazette, via Gordon Watson:

British off-gridders Stig and Dinah in their garden. Photo via "This is Devon"

A COUPLE living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand England and return to an existence in the benefits trap.

Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago

The Masons have transformed what they described as a derelict four-acre plot into a haven of self-sufficiency boasting a 400 sq m allotment, a polytunnel and greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, chickens for egg production and an orchard they have regenerated by planting around 14 new apple trees of various species. Continue reading

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There is a cocktail of 20 chemicals in your glass of milk — the Daily Mail

From David Derbyshire at the Daily Mail UK:

Graphic via The Mail Online website. Click for source.

“A glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones, scientists have shown.

Using a highly sensitive test, they found a host of chemicals used to treat illnesses in animals and people in samples of cow, goat and human breast milk.  Continue reading

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Government, law, and sharing food through private clubs and markets

From Shareable Magazine, via Sightline Daily:

“…The Health Department didn’t show up when I made dinner for my neighbors last night. Fortunately, our health and safety laws don’t usually dictate how we prepare food in our personal and private realms. But humans have a natural tendency, an urge to feed each other, and the shareable food movement is taking that to new levels—levels that bring up some legal curiosities.

“The Underground Food Movement” has become a thing lately. It’s a foodie’s utopia in Oakland these days, where I’ve snuck off to meals at “underground restaurants” and sampled urban homesteaders’ goat cheeses and preserves. Continue reading

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