Organic 3.0 (part 4)

The next area that colleagues and I have been looking at which shows one future of food activism is social media and the role of the internet. For a few years now Dan Keech and I have been looking at the social media use amongst those active in the food networks of Bristol. [You can … Continue reading Organic 3.0 (part 4)

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This Loopy Idea -UKIP, Climate Change and 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, Leader of UKIP, quoted in Ward 2013) My latest paper [here or earlier version here] started from a co-incidence. I was driving to work noting the landscape of energy … Continue reading This Loopy Idea -UKIP, Climate Change and Renewables

Organic 3.0 – The future is participation (2)

My first example of this tendency towards participation in food is in the Orto Loco project in Zurich (see also this blog post).  This Farm is a community supported agriculture scheme (CSA) based on an organic farm.  Although a small farm it is very diverse with a broad range of enterprises - fruit, vegetables as … Continue reading Organic 3.0 – The future is participation (2)

Organic 3.0 – How the future of organic food is in participation (1)

Last week I gave a presentation at a Seminar at Warwick Crop Centre, and as per usual it appeared on the CCRI slide share, but that I realised that the discussion had led me to say much more than in the slides, and afterwards a few new points came to me. The following blog posts … Continue reading Organic 3.0 – How the future of organic food is in participation (1)

Terraces, soil and innovation

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 the Inca ruins in the Andes, the Hunza in the Himalayas or the variety of forms of intensive agriculture in China, it became apparent that … Continue reading Terraces, soil and innovation

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 … Continue reading Blended not stirred: spirulina vs kale

Going Digital

  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 weren't party to the discussions that happen in the CCRI kitchen. There is always a lag between what is known in a research institute and … Continue reading Going Digital