Happy Birthday pensioner King to be ... though I’m sure he’ll be happy to wait a while longer ...
... after a hesitant start, and who wouldn’t in the harsher circumstances of the 1950s and 1960s; Prince William by those standards has a lot to be grateful for that he is growing into the role now ...
However Charles is a passionate philanthropist – who has always been interested in healing and making things better in the world – and he has pursued those ambitions with a refreshing honesty and sheer hard work.
As his birthday present ... the Queen ‘decided’ he should represent her at the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Sri Lanka ... it is the first time the Queen has not attended the Conference, another indication of the Royal Family’s resolute confidence in Prince Charles’ ability to lead ‘the Firm’ into the future.
Twenty plus years ago Duchy Originals, a brand of organic food, was originally set up by Prince Charles, being named after the Duchy of Cornwall.
The brand sits in the high end of the market – i.e. premium organic food and drink – but always good quality. Waitrose, an upmarket supermarket, together with various independent retailers and various charities, are the major outlets for the Duchy Original Products.
Duchy Originals has now signed an exclusive deal with Waitrose, who will be expanding the range from 200 to 500 products and will continue the tradition of donating royalties to charity – Prince Charles will continue his involvement with the brand.
|Fenland Celery (PGI status)|
This ties in with an article I read in the free ‘Waitrose Weekend’ about Fenland Celery, which I picked up when I was in Suffolk ... a heritage crop that joins 54 other British foodstuffs recognised by Europe.
The UK has few food and drink products that have protected status partly because of the industrialisation of agriculture ...
The Protected Food Names scheme was introduced throughout Europe in 1992 to protect cultural methods and knowledge and help specialist products stand out ... and the three different designations are ...
Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is the status for its high quality, history and links to the local area. Fenland Celery has PGI status, while others are the Cornish Pasty and Melton Mowbray pork pie.
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) covers produce from a specific region ... eg Stilton – can only be made in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire conforming to a strict code.
Which is somewhat ridiculous as the village of Stilton, after which the cheese was named, is in Cambridgeshire ... and thus cannot use the Stilton name ... crazy or what ... !
|Early species of Gloucester Old Spot -|
painted in 1834 by John Myles
(both Prince Charles and Princess Anne
breed these particular pigs)
Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) foods have to be produced under a quality scheme for traditional foods, ensuring unique qualities irrespective of where a product originates.
Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders’ Club was awarded the TSG status for their purebred, pedigree pigs ... the Club actively pursues traders who miss-label meat trying to pass it off as Gloucester Old Spot pork.
|Isle of Man 'Queenie' (PDO status)|
Other countries have similar arrangements ... eg Vidalia onions from Vidalia, Georgia (USA) ... Columbia has coffee ...
While Geographical Indication status - another worldwide definition ... eg for Mallige Jasmine, in Mysore, India, provides Intellectual Property Rights to the local community to cultivate the crop for 10 years ... the GI Tag or Patent protects that jasmine industry and excludes others outside the specific geographical region to sell under the same name.
Over and above all the bureaucratic paper work ... and constant enforcement, or watching for illegal trading ... I admire all who pursue their dreams ...
Prince Charles at 65 is still outspoken, but is very knowledgeable about many subjects and always willing to learn ... he deserves the happiness that has come to him in later life. Life is difficult enough at the best of times ...
So here’s to everything that strives through life ... people, flora and fauna ... which reminds me of the Seven Generations of Sustainability – an Iroquois Perspective ...
|Rural England showing grazing sheep and fields of|
crops in the distance
|Rodda's Cornish Cream (PDO status)|
... what effect will something we do today, both individually or as a community, or as a peoples of this world, have on our future generations ... in every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation ...
That is a sobering thought, but one we should remember ... be forward thinking for our children’s children ...
Happy Birthday to a Duchy Original Prince ... and if there was some crusty, the best bit!, Cornish Cream around ... I'd have some on my strawberries or raspberries, which can still be found in the shops.
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