I increasingly view rural England, densely – but not uniformly – connected by 4G phones, high-speed broadband and a multitude of devices as having moved beyond the rural of 10 years ago, not the same as urban life but certainly past the rural as we often understand and see it represented – a post-rural situation.
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The title of the recent Guardian articles captures the tension quite well, and then the article misses the interesting points. As Mauro’s blog post illustrates, there has been a careful … Continue reading Blended not stirred: spirulina vs kale
Over the years I’ve read a lot of food journalism, some good, some bad, some best forgotten. Some of it makes what for me is a fundamental error in confusing purchasing behaviour with support.
It wouldn’t happen in France or Italy, it just wouldn’t be possible or allowed. I refer of course to the great Somerset apple heist. The news that the cider … Continue reading Pulp Friction – The Great Somerset Apple Heist
Over the past few years I have become interested in the politics of the end of the world or rather those who are anticipating it – because if has come … Continue reading The End is Nigh
For several years now I’ve been boring everyone who will listen that the future of food is about citizenship, and part of that is making food no longer a consumer … Continue reading Food Beyond Consumerism
A few days ago a friend brought us a bottle of wine as a gift – & it had no label. From some folks that would be a sign of … Continue reading Food without labels
I’ve spent the past couple of days with the Pasture Fed Livestock Association [PFLA]. If you don’t know the name sort of suggests what they are about, the difficult task … Continue reading Frugal Food Innovators
What if…Defra was headed by a …. Thought experiments sometimes illuminate reality. Imagine if DEFRA were headed, for sake of example, by a climate change denier sceptic or possibly a … Continue reading What if Defra was headed by ……..
One of the many privileges of being a researcher is that I get to go to some very select places. During the past week I’ve been lucky enough to be … Continue reading Select Places & Food Futures
A quick guide to some of the most recent international reports on soil and its importance. The future we want – UNEP Assessing Global Land Use The Land in Numbers … Continue reading Soil Policy Papers