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How industrial food system endangers our health

The Philippine population has reached 100 million.  How are we going to feed this growing population when our farms are taken over by real estate development and testing ground for GMO?

Capitalists and entrepreneurs see the opportunity that tons of profits can be made if food are produced at a massive scale and at lower cost. These so called food entrepreneurs have created food production systems backed by bankers and financiers to speed up and bulk up meat production. Chickens are raised in cramped chicken sheds causing immobility and disease but can grow enormously in 45 or even 21 days.  In food factories, the natural instincts of cows, pigs and chickens are redesigned – cows these days do not eat grass anymore much less seen a blade of grass and yet produce tons and gallons of milk because of constant feeding of hormones and antibiotics so that milk can be produced at a massive scale at cheap cost.

Food has become denatured food products that contribute to diseases. Obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are at an all time high in the Philippines but doctors warned us that most of these diseases can be healed or controlled by food – real food.

Real food are fruits and vegetables grown on living soil in season and eaten in season. Animals grow on pasture and fed on grass, table scraps, garden waste and worms. They live out their natural instincts and are mobile to do whatever and wherever they wanted to go and graze.

 

Soon we will be offering our own native and white chickens, and ducks too including pastured pork.

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Different varieties of green leafy veg

Different varieties of green leafy veg

Sprouts.

Sprouts.

Grass clippings are used for mulching to conserve moisture.

Grass clippings are used for mulching to conserve moisture.

Mountain Rice

Mountain Rice

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Soil is enriched of natural nutritional fertilizer so it meet your needs.

Soil is enriched of natural nutritional fertilizer to meet your needs.

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This 3 feet red lady papaya is not just a beauty but is bounty aplenty of anti-oxidant, Vitamin E and E and folate.

This 3 feet red lady papaya is not just a beauty but is bounty aplenty of anti-oxidant, Vitamin E and E and folate.

Rows of calamansi grow alongside a barrier.

Rows of calamansi grow alongside a barrier.

Greenhouse for lettuces and herbs.

Greenhouse for lettuces and herbs.

Worm bed that provides nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soil.

Worm bed that provides nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soil.

Heaps of carabao manure that fertilises the soil.

Heaps of carabao manure that fertilises the soil.

Fertilisers in ceramic jars.

Natural fertilizers in ceramic jars.

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Going Back To Our Roots

Root drink

 

Hello,

How time flies! We are on the last quarter of the month! Just as we are counting how much time have we got to prepare for the Christmas Holidays, we realized that we are down to 3 weeks this October!

What else? Bad weather-sunshine in the morning and heavy rain int he afternoon, typhoon and flooding! Not to mention traffic, pollution, getting stranded plus fatigue from work that can take its toll physically and threaten our immunity and make us vulnerable to cold and flu.

Going back to our roots
We contracted cold ourselves but since we’ve loaded enough of this powerful hot root drink made of fresh organic ginger, turmeric, cinnamon bark, and a dollop of raw wild honey, the cold couldn’t “take root” on our body and was gone in no time at all.

Another drink that helps strengthen immunity and ward off infection is probiotic drink, a fermented milk from pasture raised or grass fed cow. A cup a day (about 325 ml) in the morning on empty stomach keeps cold at bay.

Harvest Offerings
Please check out our harvest offerings for this week, 7th – 15th October which you can pre-order starting today until the 14th October, cut off is 12nn.

We are also offering subscription for October through December harvest.

What is a subscription scheme?

Organic consumers become organic subscribers if you buy in advance either in one lump sum or in installment your food basket for 4 weeks or 8 weeks (if we didn’t hear from you, we roll it going forward) or at the beginning of the growing season.

In return for your subscription fee, subscribers receive an assortment of organic produce at subscriber’s price.

If you would like to know more about what it is to subscribe, why and how, please call us at 0927 675 5199 or at
villagegreenshop@btinternet.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sustainably yours,

TheVillageGreenShop Team

 

This week’s bounty:

Rice
Red rice

Mountain Rice

Eggs
Brown
Golden salted eggs (soaked in turmeric spice)

Bottled and other natural items
Peanut butter
Wild honey
Muscovado sugar
Tablea
Organic bangus sardines

Salad Greens (Depends on what’s available)*
Arugula
Green Romaine
Red Romaine
Mizuna

Herbs
Ginger
Mint
Turmeric
Lemongrass
Sweet Basil
Red onion
Parsley

Pakbet Mix
Bitter gourd (ampalaya)
Eggplant
Lady finger (okra)
Squash (calabasa)
String beans (sitaw)

Green & Leafy Veg
Kale
Chinese Kangkong
Jute Vine (Alugbati)
Spinach
Mustasa
Chinese pechay
Native pechay
Talinum

Other Vegs and Root Crops*
Salad Pea
Celery
Cauliflower
Cherry tomato
Carrots
Camote orange
Sayote
Broccoli
French Beans
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Yacon
Tender Beans
Cucumber
Pakchoi
Cabbage
Celery
Gabi
Labanos
Mongo
Patola
Saba
Mongo
Tomatoes


Fruits
Calamansi
Blue berries

Poultry
White chicken
Native chicken

Grassfed beef
Knuckle bone
Ox tail
Ox tongue
Ox feet
Tenderloin
Sukiyaki
Ground lean
Ground sirloin
Liver
Ribeye
Stew
Kenchi
Shank

Pasture-raised Pork
Pork belly
Pork ground lean
Pork steak
Pork chop
Pork ribs
Pork sukiyaki

Grass fed cured meat (No nitrate, No MSG, 100% grass fed)
Longganisa
Garlic sausage
Herb sausage
Sweet tapa
Tocino
Canadian bacon
Burger patty
Pork Bacon

Lamb
lamb kebab cubes
Lamb shoulder chop
Lamb chop

Dairy Products
Fresh cow’s milk
Carabao Milk
Probiotic drink
Mozarella
Kesong puti
Butter
 

Contact us at

0927 675 5199
villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

PRE-ORDER & PICK UP SCHEDULE:

Vegetables and Salad Greens
Please pre-order by Tuesday 12:00 nn to ensure pick up by Wednesday after 3 pm.

Meat Products

Please pre-order by Thursday 12:00 nn to ensure pick up by Saturday after 3 pm.


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Sugarcane Industry in the Philippines: Not so sweet

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Over the weekend we went to the western part of Batangas to capacitate sugarcane workers and equip them of new skills so they can plan for other sources of income and set up livelihood when the sugarcane industry finally succumb to its natural death following the lifting of the sugar tariff by 2015 which as a consequence will create increased demand for lower priced imported sugar.

Their abject poverty is an eye opener to us and we would like to mainstream this invisible social challenge much more visible.

photo 4Take for example, a typical worker in the sugarcane industry in Batangas earns between Ps 50.00 – Ps 150.00 a day which is outrageously less than the statutory minimum wage. Not only that, some landowners exploit sugarcane workers by an unfair wage system called pakyaw or bulk wage payment. For example, groups of farmers or families are paid a flat rate regardless of the number of workers to work in some hectares in a sugarcane plantation. This pakyaw system enables each worker to earn P 45 a day!

Aside from low wage, sugarcane farmers have to deal with forced seasonal holiday when there is no work for four to six months. During this period, farm workers engage in grass weeding, coconut harvesting, construction work and other related farming works. The women augment income by doing laundry and domestic work. Others who couldn’t find similar work live on cash advances deducted from their wages so that when work resumes they have to work doubly hard to pay for their advances and pay for daily needs so others take out loans from friends and payday lenders or 5-6 loan schemes. Hence, during lean season, household indebtedness skyrocket to pay for food, education and other needs.

A typical family has 4 to 12 children. Although majority of the children are in school but in some big families, the young adult children stop schooling and work in the farm. It is also not a surprise that the bulk of child labor is in the sugarcane industry because children as young as 5 years old are forced to help especially if a family is contracted to work for “pakyawan” (bulk wage payment).

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SELF Matters help ABK Leap Project increase the capability of sugar cane workers and their families, expand their opportunities to increase skills and develop other income sources, help them access suitable financial products so they can build sustainable livelihood and improve their quality of life.


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Harvest Offerings, 22nd – 25th September 2014

salad greens1Hello,

Please check out our harvest offerings on Monday, 22nd to 25th September which you can pre-order starting today until Friday, cut off is 5 pm.

We are also offering subscription for September through December harvest.

Subscription Scheme

We do accept subscription gifts for your friends and family with our Cornucopia Scheme.  This is a free choice scheme where you determine from the outset the price and the items you would want in your weekly sustainable basket, and we will fill it out with your preferences e.g. all greens and veg or an assortment of veg and meat, plus probiotic, or rice or other items.  The choice is yours.

What is a subscription scheme?
Organic consumers become organic subscribers if you buy in advance either in one lump sum or in installment your food basket for 4 weeks or 8 weeks (if we didn’t hear from you, we roll it going forward) or at the beginning of the growing season.

In return for your subscription fee, subscribers receive an assortment of organic produce at discounted price which you have specified ahead of time, including frequency and number of periods.

If you would like to know what it is to subscribe, why and how, please call us at 0927 675 5199 or at villagegreenshop@btinternet.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sustainably yours,

TheVillageGreenShop Team

 

Rice

  • Red rice*

Eggs

  • Brown
  • Golden salted eggs (soaked in turmeric spice)

Bottled and other natural items

  • Peanut butter
  • Wild honey
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Tablea
  • Organic bangus sardines

Salad Greens (Depends on what’s available)*

  • Arugula
  • Romaine
  • Mizuna

Herbs

  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Turmeric
  • Lemongrass
  • Red onion

Pakbet Mix

  • Bitter gourd (ampalaya)
  • Eggplant
  • Lady finger (okra)
  • Squash (calabasa)
  • String beans (sitaw)

Green & Leafy Veg

  • Kale
  • Chinese Kangkong
  • Jute Vine (Alugbati)
  • Spinach
  • Mustasa
  • Chinese pechay
  • Native pechay
  • Talinum

Other Vegs and root crops*

  • Salad Pea
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherry tomato
  • Carrots
  • Camote orange
  • Sayote
  • Broccoli
  • French Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Yacon
  • Tender Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Pakchoi
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Gabi
  • Labanos
  • Mongo
  • Patola
  • Saba
  • Tomatoes

Fruits*

  • Calamansi
  • Blue berries

Poultry

  • White chicken*
  • Native chicken*

Grassfed beef *

  • Knuckle bone
  • Ox tail
  • Ox tongue
  • Ox feet
  • Tenderloin
  • Sukiyaki
  • Ground lean
  • Ground sirloin
  • Liver
  • Ribeye
  • Stew
  • Kenchi
  • Shank

Pasture-raised Pork

  • Pork belly
  • Pork ground lean
  • Pork steak
  • Pork chop
  • Pork ribs
  • Pork sukiyaki

Grass fed cured meat (no nitrate, No MSG, 100% grass fed)

  • Longganisa
  • Garlic sausage
  • Herb sausage
  • Sweet tapa
  • Tocino
  • Canadian bacon
  • Burger patty
  • Pork Bacon

Lamb

  • lamb kebab cubes
  • Lamb shoulder chop
  • Lamb chop

 

Dairy Products*

  • Fresh cow’s milk
  • Carabao Milk
  • Probiotic drink
  • Mozarella
  • Kesong puti
  • Butter

 

Many thanks.

 

Pre-order not later than Friday 5 pm cutoff at

0927 675 5199/villagegreenshop@btinternet.com


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Brown Eggs

Brown eggs

Brown eggs

 

Brown Eggs

Brown Eggs

 

Egg breakfast helps reduce ghrelin, a hormone that contributes to hunger, it also lowers blood sugar and insulin levels.

Egg breakfast helps reduce ghrelin, a hormone that contributes to hunger, it also lowers blood sugar and insulin levels.

 

Did you know that 2 raw egg yolks contain nearly twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple?

Not only that eggs contain high quality proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, egg yolks are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, a class of carotenoids that offer powerful prevention against age-related macular degeneration; the most common cause of blindness.


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Beans

Green, white, black and crushed beans

Green, white, black and crushed beans

Why should you include mongo beans in your diet?

Mongo beans are great source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium.  And a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese. It is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why brown rice is excellent for your body?

 

 

Brown Mountain Rice

Brown Mountain Rice

 

Black Mountain Rice

Black Mountain Rice

 

Kalinga Unoy Choco Rice and Kalinga Unoy Blend Rice

Kalinga Unoy Choco Rice and Kalinga Unoy Blend Rice

 

Rice is whole grain that is powerhouse of selenium, manganese, naturally occurring oils, and promotes weight loss. It  is also great antioxidant; contains very high in fibre, and is a slow-release sugar. On the other hand, white rice offers risk in contracting diabetes as it increases blood sugar rapidly. It also has very low dietary fibre but high carbohydrates and calories. Medical experts at the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that eating five servings per week of white rice increased the risk of diabetes. 

There is a global call for brown rice because development aid agencies saw the nutritional deficiency of white rice consumption in poorer or developing countries which creates further risks and challenges in economic development if its population is at risk of diabetes.