What is organic farming?
Put simply, organic farming is an agricultural system that seeks to provide you, the consumer, with fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems

Friday, January 27, 2012

''Wetlands, leisure and tourism – take a breath of fresh air"

Photo: Foloi Forest by Jo Black
With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. The income can be significant and support livelihoods locally and nationally.
Wetlands provide other ‘services’ , too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. The income generated by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can be substantial: the Broads in the UK supports the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs; over 1.6 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year, generating an income of over 1 billion AUS$. But - unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but long-term losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and sometimes local livelihoods.
Photo: Kaiafas lake by Jo Black
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

6th European Organic Congress

The IFOAM EU Group, in cooperation with Organic Denmark, announces the 6th European Organic Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, 17th-18th of April 2012.
With 200 participants expected, including high-level speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and ...the European organic sector,the 6th European Organic Congress will take place at a crucial point in time for the debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Over the year 2012, far reaching decisions will be made to shape European food systems for the future: European Parliament and Council of Ministers will discuss the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, based upon proposals made by the Commission in October 2011.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Solidarity with the Greek people! I, too, am Greek! //////////// Solidarité avec la Grèce

From early November  on blogosphere has started the blog http://jesuisgrec.blogspot.com/  an initiative of French citizens from the city Nantes in France where people are in solidarity with Greece, and situation which is in the midst of economic crisis, request by the Greek consulate in the Greek Nationality.
The blog has articles in French, Italian, in English, Greek, Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish
To date under the counter blog, has 97597 page views Also on the blog provides instructions on how to make a request for Greek Citizenship, see the suspension of the blog here

Appel de Nantes (grec, français, anglais),

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sorogas. 50 Years of Painting

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
This exhibition is a tribute to well-known artist Sotiris Sorogas, and is a retrospective of his work through his entire life in art.
The exhibition includes work from all the periods of the artist’s oeuvre, arranged in groups according to the themes he worked on. Stones, dark openings, horses, ancient bas-reliefs, portraits, old pieces of wood, remnants of old machinery, wrecks of coach work, rusted surfaces, all constitute some of his most familiar themes.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nikos Houliaras : The Back Rooms of the Mind

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
A Nikos Houliaras retrospective, which gathers together for the first time all aspects of his oeuvre, with an emphasis on his visual arts output.
Nikos Houliaras was born in Ioannina in 1940.
His use of an intensely personal expressionist style renders his painting deeply internal introverted, but his renown and reputation has spread worldwide.
However, Nikos Houliara’s career doesn’t only concern his visual arts creations. He is also one of the major poets and literary authors in the modern history of Greece, and his literary works have been translated into other languages.