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…

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.

UKIP & Rural Renewables

“This loopy idea that we can cover Britain in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills and that somehow our future energy needs will come from that” (Nigel Farage 2013). When I heard Mr Farage said this on the radio in 2013 I took note. UKIP hadn’t previously had much to say about rural Britain or renewable energy, and…