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…

Living in a polluted world

[April 2018] I’ve just been to ‘the most polluted town in Europe’, and, at first sight, it didn’t look that bad, I’ve been to grimier, grittier places than the rural valley of Copşa Mică, Romania. It is both a legacy of the past and also a promise to the future. The massive, black chimney linking…

Food Literacy

I gave up eating yoghurt a few years, after a decade or two of overindulgence it – rarely did a day go by without me tucking into a pot of the gloopy loveliness of yoghurt, either over fruit, alongside a curry, mixed with some cereal or just on its own.  I broke the habit, and…

Urban Ag and fine dining confessions

From the archive first posted in 2014 I’ve just spent the last 4 days in Utrecht, Holland in a series of meetings and conferences, considering and discussing the development of urban agriculture.  Others will be able to offer you fuller reports over the next few weeks, but for the blog post, I want to confess…

Brexit and south-west Regional voting

As the results of the EU Referendum became clear in the early hours of 24th June 2016, a fault line in British society was laid bare and the actions taken by the governing Conservative Party moved to cement those in the following months.  Quickly the political parties and the commentariat of the media looked for…

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.

Tap for change: ubiquitous ICT, food and rurality

For the past few years I’ve become increasingly interested in the linkages between ICT, food and rurality. In 2017 I’m part of a team putting together a conference in July about those connections – see the focus below – so if you are interested in taking part get in touch. Matt (Mreed@glos.ac.uk) Link to the…

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…

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…