Please note that tonight’s episode will be the last of the season. We will return to your television screens with a new season in August 2013.
The Green Scorpions protect our environment by enforcing environmental law. More formally, Environmental Management Inspectors ensure that everyone complies with these laws. In the Eastern Cape, one of the major tasks during the past 10 years has been the protection of cycads. Not only are these highly endangered plants the victims of habitat degradation, they are also being poached at an alarming rate to sell as landscaping plants to wealthy garden-owners in South Africa and beyond our borders. Once the plants have been recovered there is little chance that they will survive. In addition, new plants are extremely tricky to propagate and success rates are low. The Green Scorpions work tirelessly to uncover poaching syndicates, and Bonne joins the chase.
With increasing demand for livestock in the food industry, there is an increase in animal waste products. Dumping of this type of waste is a health hazard and can potentially pollute the ground water as it becomes rancid very quickly. The legislation pertaining to how to dump animal waste is in place but, as the volume rises, we need a better plan. An entrepreneur called Jason Drew has come up with a way to recycle the animal waste from abattoirs. He started a project that feeds the animal waste to fly larvae, which in turn can be dried and added to livestock meal or fed to fish. This alleviates the need for fish in the livestock and aquaculture industries or as fishmeal. Maurice investigates.
Have you ever wondered how those bright red, juicy, scar-free tomatoes have come to look like that? Beauty and flavour comes from within so these tomatoes are grown with hydroponic farming methods – requiring no soil and carefully controlled drip irrigation. The neat set-up has no influence on the nearby river systems and pests are managed through bio-control and other non-chemical methods such as sticky traps.
The last episode for the season – and with it the hand-over of the grand prize. Of the top entries of the year, who will be the overall winner?