Welcome to the Macrobiotic Association UK

Please find macrobiotic courses, cooks, teachers, consultants and caterers for advise on healthy lifestyle, food and cooking and other healing arts including Shiatsu, Yoga, Do-in and Feng Shui.

Also information on resources such as whole food organic suppliers in the UK and other countries, places to stay or study and an interesting archive of articles.

Editors Choice

WEED KILLERS – JUST COSMETICS? – By Gilly Webber, Owner of Hut Therapy B&B, Nr Lewes, East Sussex

Pesticides are widely known to be linked to serious human health problems.  Dozens of pesticides used in the public and domestic domain have been associated with illnesses from leukaemia, to neurological and reproductive disorders.  (Refer to http://www.pan-uk.org/files/public_briefing_for_webv2.pdf.) The most well known of these is glyphosate – marketed as Round Up and produced by the chemical giant Monsanto.  This is also the most widely used weed killer in the UK. In March, 2015, it was cited by the World Health Organisation as a “probable” human carcinogenic  but it is also known to harm wildlife, including insects (such as bee and other pollinator species), earthworms, fish and amphibians.

Weed killer use accounts for approximately 94% of pesticide use in UK towns and cities – it is used mainly on our streets, parks and open spaces  – that is for cosmetic use. Paris, Copenhagen and Seattle are among major cities around the world that have already stopped using pesticides in their parks and other public spaces.   France has been leading the way: Paris took this step over a decade ago and over 300 other towns and villages across France have stopped – and a further 350 are in the process of stopping.  Also, Denmark and the Netherlands have recently introduced a complete ban on non-agricultural uses of glyphosate following the success of local restrictions.  This raises the question:  do we need to kill weeds and keep them in check in the UK, as much as we do?

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Mid Summer Picnic

June 19th – Mid summer picnic Waterloo Park London
we had 20 people join for a wonderful vegan macrobiotic picnic pot Luck.
So many Ymmmy dishes!
Kids have a treasure hunt with crystal clues and a horse eagle and frog involved.
Florence leads us in a healing meditation focusing on heart.
Sylvia’s made an amazing beautiful cake!

Thanks to all attending and thanks to Caoimhe and lilly and florence for putting it together.

We Look forwards to the next one in the Autumn if not before  🙂
Details to come….
HAPPY SUMMER!

 

Farmers-Market

Making your Own Saurkraut

By Jonathan Guest

Yes, shop-bought is fine, but there is something extra special about making it at home. Not least because it tastes so much better and you know exactly what’s in it – but also the satisfaction from preparing the cabbage, packing the jars and then storing it away, with my fingers crossed, to wait for it to work its magic. What joy to unearth those jars a few weeks later and put my fork into something so delicious that has been made from such humble ingredients.

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Quotation

“ The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

— Bertrand Russell