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New research suggests: If we want to save the bees we need to eat less honey

New research suggests: If we want to save the bees we need to eat less honey

Discussing honey over breakfast may not be unusual, but in our household it’s easy to get into the weeds over what’s on your toast. My husband is, among other things, a beekeeper and passionate about ‘the ladies’ residing at the back of our garden. When he talks to his ag journalist wife – me – […]

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It can happen here

It can happen here

From climate change to political uncertainty, it needs some very strong rose- tinted glasses to make the future seem bright. But there is a lot we could do to make things a little better – from reducing plastic and food waste to walking more and driving less. Over the last few weeks though it looked […]

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Eat grassfed beef and save the planet

Eat grassfed beef and save the planet

The headline in the New York Times on August 6th nearly had me spill my coffee. “The Vegetarians Who Turned Into Butchers: How several former vegans and vegetarians across the country came to see meat as their calling.” It’s a great read because it shows that some vegans are starting to look at the […]

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WHY IS NATIVE BREED MEAT SO IMPORTANT?

WHY IS NATIVE BREED MEAT SO IMPORTANT?

Native breeds are seeing an incredible renaissance, but even with this growth in popularity, 20% of native livestock breeds are at risk of being lost for good. Abby Allen of Slow Food Supporter Pipers Farm explores why native breeds are vital to the success of our countryside.
What are native breeds?
Native breeds encompass all types of […]

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Spring floods – or climate change in action

Spring floods – or climate change in action

For two days in March cyclone Idai ravaged Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Since then the devastation and the aftermath of the flooding it caused have dominated the news.
Cyclone Idai is one reason why we’ve heard next to nothing about another huge flood that’s been devastating US states in the Midwest: Nebraska has taken the brunt, but […]

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Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle is a traditional Irish one pot meal. Here our supporters Primal Cut tell us how to make their version of the family favourite: perfect for an evening meal together, easy to prepare and very satisfying.
Good simple food.
Ingredients – to serve 6 – you will need
Potatoes, peeled ( approx 1 kg but use up […]

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Two Veg Gurus Walk into a Pub….

Two Veg Gurus Walk into a Pub....

One came rather a long way. Eliot Coleman grows vegetables in Maine, a state in the northeastern US which borders on Canada. He’s been farming organically and sustainably for over 50 years, he has written several books, he’s an educator, researcher and he’s long since become a veg guru: the man who knows how to […]

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Terra Madre Tales

My favourite moment of Terra Madre didn’t take place on a food stand or a stage but in a queue for the toilet.
There I was, patiently waiting one afternoon when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the lady ahead of me studying my Terra Madre delegate pass. “Oh no. Here we go” […]

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Terra Madre Tales – Part 1

This is my fourth visit to Turin for Terra Madre/Salone De Gusto, the biggest food gathering on the planet.
I remember my first experience in 2012 very clearly. It was very nearly my last.
For a few hours on that first day, I’d wished I was somewhere else – anywhere else, in fact.
I was leading a group […]

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GMO 2.0: Do We Still Want to Be Part of Nature?

In July the European Court of Justice ruled that ‘gene editing’ techniques (known as ‘GMO 2.0’) are techniques to modify genes and should therefore be subject to the same regulations that apply to ‘traditional’ genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A lot of people, me included, breathed a sigh of relief. Biotech and agrochemical companies denounced the […]

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