Discovery Garden seed kits are back

Mini collectables are back for 2021 with supermarket giant Woolworths announcing Discovery Garden seedling kits would return to stores on Wednesday.

Customers collected millions of the eco-friendly kits during the program’s inaugural campaign in 2019 however, they missed out last year due to the global pandemic.

Of the 24 vegetable, herb and flowering plant varieties available in this new collection, 21 seedlings are bee attracting.

Woolworths Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Hicks said this year the company hoped the seed kits would get Australians thinking about the critical role honey bees play in supporting food supply.

“With so much of our floral resources decimated by recent droughts, bushfires and floods, our focus this year is to encourage pollination through our bee-attracting seedlings and replenish local gardens and community flora,” he said.

“The Woolworths Discovery Garden program is a part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, which aims to not only have a positive impact on the planet, but start conversations among families that result in positive change for the local environment to help create a better tomorrow.”

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council chair Trevor Weatherhead said the Discovery Garden program to help raise the awareness of the importance of protecting our bees and the role bees play in pollination and food security.

“The program works to support ‘Healthy Bees – Healthy People’,” he said. “Honey bees do more than produce honey, they play a vital role in the pollination of many of our foods. In fact, one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat relies on honey bees for pollination.”

Father-of-two Damien Weston said he felt a responsibility to teach his children – Harry, 8, and Elizabeth, 6, (pictured with friend Rachael Huggins, 7) – about the importance of supporting our food chain.

“To understand their environment and where their food comes from and taking responsibility for part of that process while realising it’s not just the farmers who make fruit and vegetables is important,” he said.

Customers can collect one seed kit for every $30 spent in store of online.

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India donates 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits to Sri Lanka

Colombo, November 12 (ColomboPage): The Sri Lankan State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation, Professor Channa Jayasumana has said that on November 9, Sri Lanka received 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits as a donation from India for the early detection of the COVID-19 virus.

The donation has been made on a request by the Secretary of Health to the World Health Organization.

The State Minister said that a set of guidelines is being prepared for the use of the test kits, which were donated by India through the World Health Organization. The donation was made at the request from the Secretary of Health to the World Health Organization.

Approved by the World Health Organization, these kits can be used for immediate use in the event of an epidemic and can be used in epidemic areas. With the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Colombo and Gampaha areas, these kits can be used to quickly identify those associated with an infected person as soon as an infection is reported, the State Minister told Dinamina yesterday.

While the sensitivity of rapid antigen tests is generally lower than RT-PCR , the test kits can help healthcare professionals identify a SARS-CoV-2 infection in people suspected to carry the virus with results typically ready in 15 minutes.

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Taylor Farms brand BBQ ranch chopped salad kits recalled due to undeclared allergens: CFIA

People in most provinces are being warned about pre-prepared salad kits sold by Sobeys Inc. that may contain allergens not declared on the product’s label.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued the Class 3 recall Thursday on BBQ ranch chopped kit salad made by Taylor Farms.

It is advising consumers not to eat the specific 377-gram-sized salads because of undeclared gluten, sesame and wheat allergens in an online warning.

Class 3 recalls refer to products that contravene a food safety act or regulation enforced by the national agency.

The recall affects products in most provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan.

The giant food retailer operates hundreds of stores under a variety of banners such as Sobeys, FreshCo, Safeway and IGA across the country.

Brand nameProduct nameSizeUPCCodes on product
Taylor FarmsBBQ ranch chopped kit salad377 grams0 30223 04171 92020 SE 02
TFRG 230 A16

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Erub Arts in Torres Strait dispatches DIY ghost net kits far and wide after exhibitions cancelled due to COVID-19

A Torres Strait art centre, internationally renowned for its sprawling installations using ghost nets, has found itself with a shed full of returned artwork after all its exhibitions were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists based on Erub (also known as Darnley Island), 60 kilometres south of Papua New Guinea, have been repurposing marine debris into sculptures inspired by the sea for more than a decade.

As Erub Arts contemplates how it will survive the pandemic, it has made DIY kits for people to make their own ghost net creations at home.

Artistic director Lynnette Griffiths said the kits sold out in half a day and have been dispatched across Australia and overseas.

“The response was just massive,” she said.

“We’ve been collecting names for a waiting list and we’ve got over 200 on that list.

Women from Erub Arts sort nets and ropes for the ‘At Home Together’ kits.(Supplied: Erub Arts)

Beauty from something deadly

The kits contain an assortment of fishing nets and ropes recovered from the ocean and beaches around Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

They include debris from a clean-up at Chilli Beach by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and an Indonesian drift net that was picked up by the Australian Navy off Darwin.

The kits contain instructions for making sea creatures — rays, turtles and fish — as well as a weaving technique.

“It is about working together and the fact we can make something beautiful out of something that’s pretty deadly is awe-inspiring,” Ms Griffiths said.

“Hopefully then we can exhibit that work as a big collaboration.”

A fish, turtle and stingray made nets on top of a pile of assorted ropes.
People can make ghost net critters for pleasure or send some back to Erub Arts for a collaborative art piece.(Supplied: Erub Arts)

The foundation carefully sorts and disposes of rubbish from its beach clean-ups, but sells some of the debris collected from remote locations.

Managing director, Heidi Taylor, said it was great pollution could be put to good use and have a new life.

“Artists might buy a bag of toothbrushes or a bag of ghost net or net scraps that we’ve picked up at a beach.

“And they turn them into beautiful art pieces to spread that message and reach another audience about marine debris and its impacts.”

‘I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to recover’

Erub Arts said the kits were a way to connect with the community and continue raising awareness about pollution at a time when the arts sector was in crisis.

“Having those large installations — they’re big, they’re showy, they’re flashy — and they are collected by big institutions.

“When you wipe that off, our method of selling is gone.”

Lots of Torres Strait Islanders in front of a wharf carrying large sea creatures made of ghost nets
The arts centre is an important economic and cultural asset for the Erub community.(Supplied: Erub Arts)

Ms Griffiths said art organisations everywhere were scrambling to figure out how to take their offerings online, but it was particularly challenging for Erub Arts.

“Art is something you have to look at, ghost net is something you almost want to touch — it is tactile. I don’t think you get the same response to it online,” she said.

“At the moment we’ve got a shed full of returned work and getting that back out and back into circulation is going to take a massive amount of work.”

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