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by gregorach
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Well over 80 percent of the garlic sold worldwide comes from
Replies: 29
Views: 4764

Re: Well over 80 percent of the garlic sold worldwide comes

I don't think it's anything to do with access to land. In the UK allotments are available I seem to remember past threads on this forum bemoaning the very long waiting lists of available allotments. I wonder what would happen if several million people joined those waiting lists. :iconbiggrin: The w...
by gregorach
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions
Replies: 16
Views: 6980

Re: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions

Even where there are half-decent energy efficiency building standards, they're rarely effectively enforced. I've heard tales of new build houses in the UK where the loft insulation was technically there - but still rolled up and in it's original packaging. :roll:
by gregorach
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Edinburgh?
Replies: 13
Views: 2039

Re: Edinburgh?

Well, the ones I'd probably avoid are Wester Hailes, Granton, Pilton, Niddrie, Lasswade and Gracemount... There's probably a few others I'm not remembering off the top of my head. Generally they're not hard to spot - the give-aways are suspiciously low prices and the few remaining high-rises.
by gregorach
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions
Replies: 16
Views: 6980

Re: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions

Skippy wrote:Dunc I do like that thermospyhon and as I've got all the bits to make one lying around I think I'm going to give that a go just to try it out , thanks for that link.
Let us know how it goes Pete, I've never known anyone who's actually made one...
by gregorach
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Stevia
Replies: 20
Views: 6745

Re: Stevia

I suspect this may be one of those things that varies from person to person - sensitivity to bitter flavours is actually highly variable, with a strong genetic component. Apparently most people can't detect any bitterness from artificial sweeteners. I haven't tried stevia, but I can spot aspartame a...
by gregorach
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions
Replies: 16
Views: 6980

Re: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions

Well, the best answer would be passive solar , but that's the sort of approach you need to design in from the start for best effect... There may be some tricks you can retro-fit though. Insulation and draught-proofing are the first steps, then perhaps you might think about something like a thermospy...
by gregorach
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: GM Maize "Toxic"
Replies: 15
Views: 3024

Re: GM Maize "Toxic"

My view is that I have no issue with the technology , the issue is with specific applications. I oppose glyphosate resistance ("roundup ready") because it leads to increased herbicide applications, with the inevitable knock-on effects on biodiversity. On the other hand, I support Bt crops, because t...
by gregorach
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: More Herbalist Charletan Mumbo-Jumbo...
Replies: 12
Views: 1852

Re: More Herbalist Charletan Mumbo-Jumbo...

They managed to figure out how to make money out of a willow-bark extract didn't they?
by gregorach
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Is Sugar Toxic?
Replies: 17
Views: 3087

Re: Is Sugar Toxic?

Ah, the joys of terminological inexactitude... Where demi and Zech are using the term "sugars", I believe they're both using it in the technical sense from organic chemistry. They are not referring just to to stuff you'd buy in the shop labelled "sugar" (or even that plus HFCS), they're referring to...
by gregorach
Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Is Sugar Toxic?
Replies: 17
Views: 3087

Re: Is Sugar Toxic?

Indeed. I found it very interesting and well-balanced, and it does tie in with a number of other things I've been hearing about recently, particularly the role of Insulin-like Growth Factor in a number of serious health conditions. I certainly tend to think that the average "western" diet contains f...
by gregorach
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Is Sugar Toxic?
Replies: 17
Views: 3087

Re: Is Sugar Toxic?

If you actually bother to read the article, you mind find that the question should be "is excessive consumption of fructose toxic?" But hey, why bother with nuance when we could just have another fight?
by gregorach
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: More Herbalist Charletan Mumbo-Jumbo...
Replies: 12
Views: 1852

Re: More Herbalist Charletan Mumbo-Jumbo...

Interesting. The study abstract is here: Safety and Efficacy Profile of Echinacea purpurea to Prevent Common Cold Episodes: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial and the full text is freely available. Looks perfectly reasonable from an initial skim.
by gregorach
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Yellow pumpkins
Replies: 10
Views: 2098

Re: Yellow pumpkins

The butternut in my greenhouse produced one reasonable-sized fruit this year, but it's not really properly ripe yet and the frost is setting in...
by gregorach
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: how to make honey liqueur?
Replies: 7
Views: 4425

Re: how to make honey liqueur?

You can pick up new-make spirit if you really want - both Highland Park and Glenglassaugh have released some at 50%. They just can't call it "whisky"... It's not exactly cheap though, and it does tend to sell out. Not sure if it's really strong enough for that recipe...
by gregorach
Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: GM Maize "Toxic"
Replies: 15
Views: 3024

Re: GM Maize "Toxic"

There has been a lot of criticism of this study, and I have to say that most of it seems extremely solid. The experimental design is terrible, the statistics are shoddy, and the results from the control group seem suspicious for this breed of rat (which is highly prone to developing tumours anyway)....