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Changing a name doesn’t change history

Changing a name doesn’t change history

The Bayer Monsanto merger has gone through, what campaigners have dubbed the ‘marriage made in hell’ got the blessings of EU and US regulators. And on day one Bayer made the announcement that it’s going to continue selling products like Roundup under the established brand name but it will ‘retire’ the name Monsanto.
Mad Men’s Don […]

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Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet.

Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground – Part 2 Or how vegans kill the planet. Missed Part One? Read about the very non Vegan production  methods to make certified Vegan dairy alternatives here

Attacks on restaurateurs, farmers receiving death threats and vegans proselytising, warning meat eaters of fire and brimstone had me recently ask where the official line might be between vegan and crazy. Which is why I reached out to the British Vegan Society and got the chance to talk to Louise Davies, responsible for campaigns, policy […]

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Learning and enjoying Ark of Taste

Learning and enjoying Ark of Taste

Slow Food Ark of Taste is not just about gathering data of heritage foods and displaying them on the book shelf, but it is about reviving foods, growing, making and enjoying them at the dining table again. Wendy Barrie, Scotland’s Leader for Slow Food Ark of Taste says “The Ark of Taste was created by […]

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Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground

Being vegan and the sink holes in the moral high ground

Vegans have tried my patience for a while, from the vegan ahead of me in a busy lunch queue who needs to conduct a lengthy cross exam before declaring all  available choices unethical and therefore inedible, to the vegandinner guests who have tested my culinary skills to the limit. More worrying is the small minority of  […]

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False Accounting – PAN, the Pesticide Action Network digs deep into how much pesticides are really being used in the UK

On Wednesday before Easter, just when you were starting to think about spring and fresh vegetables while considering what to cook for lunch on Easter Sunday, PAN, the Pesticide Action Network published a study[1] on pesticide use in Britain: ‘UK citizens are being misinformed by pro-pesticide lobby groups who are using flawed data to suggest […]

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Pig Tales and Antibiotics

Pig Tales and Antibiotics

The headlines are scary: MRSA, the antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’, can be found in more and more hospitals, the WHO is raising the alarm over antibiotics of last resort which may stop working at any time. A lot of blame for this state of affairs is directed at agriculture: 70% of all antibiotics are used […]

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You are what you eat!

You are what you eat!

Now, more than ever, there is a need to get back to basics and consider the quality of our food. What we eat is more than a means to an end. It is an integral part of our wellbeing and as such deserves to be a voyage of discovery, sourcing the best possible sustainable ingredients and […]

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Elegant, Sparkling and Hangover-Free German Chef Gives Rare Meadow Fruit and a Traditional Farming System a New Lease of Life.

Elegant, Sparkling and Hangover-Free German Chef Gives Rare Meadow Fruit and a Traditional Farming System a New Lease of Life.

Swabia is a region in southwestern Germany. It’s ‘capital’ Stuttgart is best known for companies like Bosch, Porsche and Mercedes. Swabians are known for their thriftiness, ingenuity and a certain idiosyncrasy which includes keeping shtum about how good their food is.
With the exception of a small area directly to the south of Stuttgart most agricultural […]

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The Art of Cooking

The Art of Cooking

I love seeing people enjoy themselves while eating something wholesome. There’s something to be said about people coming together for a meal. One of the goals of my business is to empower communities and individuals to eat together and cook from scratch. I love seeing people share their stories and experiencing the love that goes […]

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Question Marks and Elephants in the Room – What Brexit Will Mean For Farmers.

Question Marks and Elephants in the Room – What Brexit Will Mean For Farmers.

To be addressed by a Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was a first for farmers at the Oxford Real Farming Conference last week. And Michael Gove did play to the gallery: the future for food in Britain will lie in high quality, excellent animal welfare standards and provenance, he proclaimed. And […]

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