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,…

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.

Protesting for a bank

A town that for some is the acme of an alternative life Glastonbury is facing the loss of all their high street banks.

Organics 3.0

A quick search & you’ll find an IFOAM document discussing the 3rd wave of the global organic movement. This wave has been much anticipated and as part of that process we need to understand the past

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.

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…

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…

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…