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On organic manure

Where's the common sense gone?

Bandolier was bemused by a leaflet dropped through its door advertising 'organic manure'. It wasn't the idea of manure, or organic products, but the pairing of the words. A kindly soul explained that it was probably manure from animals fed on organic products.

So far, so good. But what are the benefits of organic manure, given that Bandolier doesn't keep a market garden? Organic vegetables, fruit, meat, or whatever might be fine, even good, though that is another argument. But manure? Are roses grown on organic manure in some way better than those grown on ordinary manure? And how do you test for organic manure?

Difficult, isn't it? Perhaps there is some warm and cuddly marketing edge here, but warm, cuddly, and manure don't quite seem to go together. There's no common sense here.

Where's the common sense gone?

Common sense is a rather important concept, but one often forgotten. For instance, we know that taking medicines is difficult, especially for older people. In the UK right now, rules on parallel imports of medicines means that some folk receive medicines with non-English package inserts. Most of us would struggle with details of, say, Spanish. It gets much, much more difficult when even the alphabet is different, with Greek or Cyrillic packaging.

It is interesting how common comments about difficulties with medicines like this are becoming. Common sense dictates that it will make for problems, and those problems will be expensive. But perhaps it is someone else's budget.

Bandolier this month examines some areas where common sense and evidence need to be looked at together, starting with a look at recent evidence on cognitive therapy.

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