Rise up food citizenship – grab your forks

This is a blog about food, which will argue that you – yes you reading this text now, should take more responsibility for the food that you eat, that you make part of your very being.  It will argue that in return you will be gradually freed from a food system that is broken, bland…

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,…

Islands of Green

[June 2017] In the story of environmental degradation, islands have a very special place. Through the eighteenth and nineteenth century, remote islands were significant in early theories of the relationship between the local climate, forests and soil degradation. Islands were important bases in the spread of colonial patterns of environmental exploitation, offering safe harbours, supplies…

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…

The Resistable Rise of Nigel Farage

Book review: Through a combination of very sophisticated analysis and a visceral feel for its key constituency UKIP has found the hollowed out heart of British politics and lodged itself there.

Beyond the Echo-Chamber

I deliberately follow a number of people on Twitter with whom I profoundly disagree. Over the last couple of years I have been reading the literature on social media & researching how people use it – so I now follow people with whom I don’t agree. At the CCRI we have trialled some of the…

#urbancommons questions

I’m a new to the study of the commons, so the conference in Bologna that I’m currently taking part in has been a plunge into the deep end – fortunately the pool is very inviting.  You can see my slides here. What strikes me from today (6/11/2015) is that there have been a lot of…

Only certified organic food is organic.

There’s nothing new or modish about organics – until the 1950s, all the food we ate was organically produced. I have a lot of time for Joanna Blythman, as well as owning several of her books, and in this recent quote she is echoing an idea I’ve heard many times. But I believe that in…