Islands of Green

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 of water … Continue reading Islands of Green


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 … Continue reading Only certified organic food is organic.