Archive for April 2019

Hunger is growing as the world warms faster


Climate change is speeding up, and among its malign impacts is a setback for efforts to feed the world: hunger is growing again. The global threat of hunger is growing again after years of progress in reducing it, the United Nations says, because of the effects of climate change. It says this is just one…

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Rapidly rising heat will cut maize harvests

Popping corn

Soon the corn could roast on the cob long before the maize harvests are due. That could be far sooner than anyone expects. Rapidly rising heat will cut maize harvests European scientists have bad news for the world’s farmers: within a decade, maize harvests will suffer as global temperatures will have reached a level that…

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Ina Paarman's Blondies

Our Brownies are one of our most popular bake mixes. Do try this white chocolate recipe with added nuts using our Vanilla Cake Mix. Makes ± 25 YOU WILL NEED 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature ½ cup (125 ml) butter, melted ½ cup (125 ml) canola oil ¾ cup (180 ml) fresh full…

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Pork Chops with Plums

Ina Paarman;s Pork chop and plums

The success and succulence of this recipe for pork chops with plums depends on the thickness of the chops. Ask the butcher to cut 2 cm thick chops from a whole pork loin. Serves 4-5 YOU WILL NEED 4 pork loin chops, 2 cm thick Ina Paarman’s Lemon & Black Pepper Seasoning ½ cup (125…

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South Africa’s first national minimum wage

National minimum wage

1 January 2019 saw South Africa’s first ever national minimum wage come into effect. Stakeholders first signed the national minimum wage agreement in February 2017, which was approved by Cabinet later in 2017 after which the bill was passed in May 2018. Other related legislation, being the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the…

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The health benefits of prebiotics in dairy products


Changes in lifestyle and eating habits have led to considerable multiplication of health problems and chronic diseases. There is a growing global concern on nutrition and personal health, functional foods gaining public acceptance. A food that contains biologically active compounds or components which are beneficially affects one or more target functions such as reduction of…

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Amerikaanse indringer verg drastiese maatreëls

Palmer amarant (Amaranthus palmeri)

Suid-Afrikaanse boere is wakker manne en vroue wat vir niks op aarde skrik nie. Selfs nie eers die politieke dreigemente oor grondonteiening is genoeg om hulle te laat terugstaan en boedel oor te gee nie. Tog is daar so dan en wan iets wat boere koue rillings gee. Twee jaar gelede het die herfskommandowurm skielik…

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Why eat more fish and seafood?

Why eat more fish

Seafood is any form of sea life regarded as food by humans. Seafood prominently includes fish (finfish) and shellfish. Shellfish include various species of molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms. Edible sea plants, such as some seaweed and microalgae, are widely eaten as seafood around the world, especially in Asia. Most of the seafood harvest today is…

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Opportunities for diversification and sustainability in Agritourism routes


Agritourism routes offer opportunities for diversification and sustainability to the agricultural sector in South Africa. The agricultural sector is a key driver of South Africa’s economy given its forward and backward linkages to other sectors. However, after prolonged growth in South Africa’s agricultural economy, recent years have been synonymous with a volatile environment due to…

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Company’s Garden reclaims a piece of its history

Company’s Garden reclaims a piece of its history

The return of the first apple tree planted in the iconic Company’s Garden in the late 1650s is a remarkable story, made possible through a partnership between Tru-Cape, Hortgro and the Cape Heritage Fund. More than a decade ago, Tru-Cape Quality Assurance Manager, Henk Griessel and his colleague, Buks Nel who is the company’s New…

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