Early in the twentieth century, there was a series of books that investigated how previous forms of agriculture had sustained both the soil and the people dependent on them. From … Continue reading Terraces, soil and innovation
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 … Continue reading Blended not stirred: spirulina vs kale
Recently I was reflecting on why a speaker was making a point that was clearly not supported by the new data, and I realised that it was because they … Continue reading Going Digital
A town that for some is the acme of an alternative life Glastonbury is facing the loss of all their high street banks.
I’ve been engaged in that periodic negotiation with the sheer complexity of the internet – choosing a smartphone plan. Fortunately, I could make it marginally easier as I didn’t want … Continue reading The Internet is (not) a commons
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
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.
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.
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 … Continue reading Pulp Friction – The Great Somerset Apple Heist
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 … Continue reading The End is Nigh
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 & … Continue reading Beyond the Echo-Chamber
“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 … Continue reading UKIP & Rural Renewables