Food Citizenship intro

Over the last few years, I have been talking to people about the concept of food citizenships as an alternative to the dominant ways of which we talk about food – that of consumption and all our roles being that either of consumers and producers.  Food citizenship seeks to disturb that story for some reasons,…

Living in a polluted world

[April 2018] I’ve just been to ‘the most polluted town in Europe’, and, at first sight, it didn’t look that bad, I’ve been to grimier, grittier places than the rural valley of Copşa Mică, Romania. It is both a legacy of the past and also a promise to the future. The massive, black chimney linking…

Post-rural England and ubiquitous ICT

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.

Blended not stirred: spirulina vs kale

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 and thoughtful case made for growing algae as a food source in cities.   But before turning to that let’s consider the value of kale. As…

Reading Food Journalism

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.

Pulp Friction – The Great Somerset Apple Heist

  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 making factory in Shepton Mallet will in the future not make cider but act as a hub for the exportation of apple pulp to be…

The End is Nigh

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 to saturate the news.  Often we don’t recognise it but it is there, and it is important to acknowledge it. I started with presentation on…

Food Beyond Consumerism

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 product. Quite what that would mean in practice is something that has taken a while to work out but in a few blog posts I…

Food without labels

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 a home brew, other wise waste fruit fermented to something nearly drinkable.  This bottle was the product of a Dorest vineyard, owned & run co-operatively…

Frugal Food Innovators

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 of using pasture as the basis for contemporary farming. Taking up the challenge of not feed soya, maize, barley, corn and the like to produce…