Common sense, please!
Amateur Gardening|November 14, 2020
Not all environmental plans are beneficial, says Peter
Peter Seabrook

I FEEL that many recommendations coming from environmentalists make no sense and appear to defy logic/common sense. I am advised to wrap my sandwiches in grease-proof paper, but where does the grease come from? And if my lovely ripe tomatoes split, the juice comes through the paper, anyway! Using the polythene bag that AG used to come in for my sandwiches (and washing after each use) gave several recyclings, and when holed it could go clean in the local council recycling bag.

Currently, the Irish peat producers can no longer get licences to cut horticultural peat when only 0.4% of Irish peatlands are harvested for horticulture. The abandonment of these peat workings, and no-one left to control water levels, will mean oxidisation and more CO 2 release than would be the case with the harvesting.

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