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Reflections on Chengdu

Reflections on Chengdu

Five years after the last Congress at Terra Madre in Turin in 2012, representatives of Slow Food gathered in Chengdu, China for the 7th International Congress.
These gatherings of people of all kinds, coming from close to 120 countries, are a good gauge of planetary health and just where we are with food’s role and impact. […]

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A journey to a market garden

A journey to a market garden Market gardener Lindsay Whalen sells her organic produce to the people of Manchester through her regular stall at Levenshulme market and her veg box scheme. Formerly the food writer for Ethical Consumer, Lindsay explains how she went from writing about food to growing it.

My journey to running my own market garden was meandering, but ultimately motivated by my desire for a food system that nurtures the health of our bodies and the land. I was the Food Writer at Ethical Consumer magazine for four formative years, before setting off into the world to learn those practical useful skills […]

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Finally UK follows science and backs bee saving pesticide ban

Today Michael Gove has announced the most radical, and much to be welcomed, shift in the UK’s position on neonicotinoids since Buglife first wrote to Defra ministers in 2008 raising concerns about risks to wild bees and aquatic life.
 
Evidence this year from Canada put harmful impacts, from the persistent contamination of the countryside with dust […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

Week three of my #eatlocal challenge is now complete. I have now hobbled over the half way mark of my month supporting #menuforchange and am limping into the finishing stretch. You can learn more about this foolhardy endeavour source all my meals within 50 miles by reading my post from week one.
Last week […]

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Still no agreement on glyphosate renewal: Slow Food urges governments to ban it now

After the missed agreement on glyphosate renewal on October 25 and the new proposal by the European Commission to reduce the period of the renewal from 10 to 5 years, Member States have voted today: no agreement was reached.
The European Commission has announced it will submit the same proposal to the Appeal Committee (a higher-level meeting […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

I am now two weeks in to my #50milemeal month, consuming food sourced/produced within 31 miles, as part of Slow food’s #menuforchange. Last week I was butter making, bread baking and soliciting sea salt from strangers. You can read about my fledgling efforts in in My #eatlocal challenge: week 1. This week the novelty […]

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My #eatlocal challenge – week 1

My #eatlocal challenge - week 1

As part of Slow Food’s #menuforchange campaign I’m taking part in the #50MileMeal challenge this October, only I’m going one further by sourcing all of my food within 50 miles, rather than just one meal a week. This project was something that I’d actually been thinking about for some time because despite my love of […]

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October is all woody, smokey and let’s face it, a little bit scary

October is all woody, smokey and let’s face it, a little bit scary

For me October sits in the Autumn season where the leaves change their coats from green to gorgeous shimmering reds, browns and oranges. Our food markets and allotments are abundant with giant fleshy orange pumpkins and other wonderfully shaped squashes and crowns. It is also the height of the wild mushroom season with ceps, the […]

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#50MileMeal #MenuForChange

#50MileMeal #MenuForChange

This year, we’re joining the global Slow Food network in the #menuforchange campaign with a very special challenge of #50MileMeal that’ll celebrate the food on our doorstep. And address a vital topic.
The food system is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions, while local agriculture, biodiversity and landscape are often some of the […]

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Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

In 2005 my partner gave me Carl Honore’s book In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed (his Ted talk is here) To this day, I confess, I’ve never found time to actually finish it, but, I love the insights I gained and recognise the value of the […]

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