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    Vegan Organic Wholefoods or Animal Free Organic Wholefoods

    The service provides foods that contain no animal ingredients, and preferably organic.

    The organic condition applies completely to crops that:

    • are grown in large mono-cropping regimes, such as rice,wheat and soya
    • have a gm counterpart, e.g. soya, maize and tomatoes (to avoid cross contamination)
    • are luxuries such as teas, coffees, using large tracts of land and are predominantly from third world countries. For these products fair-trade status is preferred, but not yet a condition.

    On the non-organic side there is less concern with tree crops and the more unusual or less intensively grown products such as {some almonds, olives, Plamil Mayonnaise, seaweed, yeast extract, agar agar, nigari, arrowroot, sesame snaps etc.)


  • Antibacterial and antifungal

    Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro.

    Microbios. 1996;86(349):237-46.
    Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro.
    Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C.
    Author information

    The essential oils of aegle, ageratum, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa, patchouli and peppermint, were tested for antibacterial activity against 22 bacteria, including Gram-positive cocci and rods and Gram-negative rods, and twelve fungi (3 yeast-like and 9 filamentous) by the disc diffusion method. Lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint and orange oils were effective against all the 22 bacterial strains. Aegle and palmarosa oils inhibited 21 bacteria; patchouli and ageratum oils inhibited 20 bacteria and citronella and geranium oils were inhibitory to 15 and 12 bacterial strains, respectively. All twelve fungi were inhibited by seven oils (aegle, citronella, geranium, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa and patchouli). Eucalyptus and peppermint oils were effective against eleven fungi. Ageratum oil was inhibitory to only four fungi tested. The MIC of eucalyptus, lemongrass, palmarosa and peppermint oils ranged from 0.16 to > 20 microliters ml-1 for eighteen bacteria and from 0.25 to 10 microliters ml-1 for twelve fungi.


    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • B12

    https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm and

    What is it? More ...
    B12 is a generic term for a range of cobalamin molecules, thought to be essential for certain cell manufacture.

    Where does it come form? More ...
    B12 is produced by bacteria and archaea

    How do I get it? More..
    Mostly from food and maybe some from non-sterile environments.

    Body Absorption and Storage

    What use it it? and Blood Testing

    More »

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  • Baby Wipes from Beaming Baby

    My concern, after receipt was that they are manufactured in Israel, an organisation I avoid as much as possible, so I called to express my discomfort. Here is the reply.

    -------- Forwarded Message --------
    Subject: ***SPAM*** Beaming Baby wipes
    Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:41:33 -0000
    From: officegilly@beamingbaby.co.uk
    To: smile@rogerlovejoy.net

    Dear Roger

    Thank you so much for your call today, I completely understand your

    Our Baby Wipes are produced in Israel on a Mixed Race Kibbutz. The Kibbutz
    have a policy of not being involved in Israeli / Palestinian Politics –
    their philosophy is purely to promote Peace and stay focussed on core Family
    values in their community.

    Charlie Wynne, our MD at Beaming Baby has been to visit the Kibbutz on two
    occasions and has always been impressed by their neutrality when it comes to
    race, their efficiency in production and the lovely atmosphere in the

    We have had several attempts to manufacture our Baby Wipes in the UK.
    Initially we produced our Baby Wipes in the Midlands but sadly this company
    went bust. We then moved our production to a company in South Wales.
    Unfortunately this company went bankrupt with a large amount of Beaming Baby
    funds! We then moved to a factory in Cheshire who produced our Baby Wipes
    for 2 years costing 12p a pack more than Israeli production. We finally gave
    up on this company after being inundated with faulty packs (the quality
    issue rose to almost 10% of packs)and their lack of communication forced us
    to look elsewhere again. No other UK factories would consider being
    Certified Organnic.

    For these reasons, we feel that Israel is the best place to manufacture our
    Baby Wipes and that by supporting the Kibbutz community in Israel we are
    helping to promote Peace, mixed Race living and Organic Agriculture on the

    Thank you again for your enquiry and your concern. Please let me know if
    there is anything else I can help you with.

    All good wishes




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  • Barley

    Following a request for pearl barley I ordered whole grain barley by mistake. However as there is no organic pearl barley I wouldn't have bought it anyway.

    The benefits of wholegrain barley is that it still has the bran, has not been heat treated and will sprout and can be used for beer or wheat-grass (although the proper term is barley-grass)

    Hulled barley (or covered barley) is eaten after removing the inedible, fibrous, outer hull. Once removed, it is called dehulled barley (or pot barley or scotch barley). Considered a whole grain, dehulled barley still has its bran and germ, making it a nutritious and popular health food.

    Pearl barley (or pearled barley) is dehulled barley which has been steam processed further to remove the bran. It may be polished, a process known as "pearling". Dehulled or pearl barley may be processed into a variety of barley products, including flour, flakes similar to oatmeal, and grits.

    However it does take longer to cook as does brown rice compared to the same type of white rice.

    Cooking barley is similar to cooking rice. Cover 1 cup of pearl barley with 2 cups of water or vegetable broth and simmer for 30-40 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Or, try using a rice cooker. Add 2 1/2 cups water per cup of barley. Pre-soak barley in plenty of water to cut down on the overall cooking time. Barley can be pre-soaked for an hour or overnight. Pre-soaking will reduce the cooking time to about fifteen minutes.

  • Bio-D

    Unlike Ecover, Bio-D do not test on any creatures, no matter how small.
    They told me they are a smaller company, UK based and are not big exporters and as such, they are not required to have such testing. They also use a set 5 years cut off,

    Five Year Rolling Rule vs. Fixed Cut off Date
    There are currently two options for a manufacturer wishing either to purchase raw materials or to produce new products/ingredients which can state the claim ‘not tested on animals’: the Fixed Cut Off Date policy or the Five Year Rolling Rule policy. Manufacturers who implement the fixed cut off date will not purchase or use raw materials that have been tested on animals after the specified date, chosen by the manufacturer. This means that no new chemicals brought to the market after this date can be used by the manufacturer, since testing to prove safety is required by law, and animal testing is generally the only accepted method. Therefore this would mean an ingredient could not be used even if it alleges some environmental benefit.

  • Biona Pasta Sauces

    Biona is a brand name used by Windmill Organics

    I have just called Biona (0208 547 2775) as I noticed the ingredients list on their product ''Arrabbiatta Pasta Sauce'' claims to have 9.1 grammes of protein, which is unlikely, more likely to be 0.91g.

    On checking their website I noticed that the two other jars of similar sauces also list high levels of protein.

    On the website the pasta sauce with basil was listed as containing milk and nuts but was declared ''diary free''. Further the ''Arrabbiatta Pasta Sauce'' also is listed as having ''Red Pepper Cream''

    From the conversation I can conform that all the tomato sauces are ''Vegan''. None of the ingredients are of animal origin. The website is being update to reflect this, hopefully.

    I should be receiving an email on the nutritional breakdown, and will post it here once arrived.

    Update 13th march 2014

    Never received an email from team but website has been updated. It still uses the word 'cream' on the ''Arrabbiatta Pasta Sauce'' . Spoke to confirm the cream only means 'blended peppers'. I went through a rather intense discussion to point out that creaming is not an ingredient and it would be best left of such a list.

    Biona: Tomato Products and Sauces

    Tel: 0208 547 2775

  • Blandy's Madeira

    Re: Blandys Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira

    Dear Sir,

    Thank-you for your contact and preference throughout these years.

    Kindly note that unfortunately we have used for many years and continue to use gelatine from animal origin in our fining process.

    Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards,

    Madeira Wine Company SA
    Plataforma 3, Pavilhão T,
    Zona Franca Industrial da Madeira,
    9200-047 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.
    Deryl Freitas custserv@madeirawinecompany.com
    +351 291 740 114 | twitter | facebook
    19 Apr 2016

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