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Why restaurants are no place to treat children

Amy Leech: Eating out is a treat; whether once a year or week it’s a pleasure to be waited on, cooked for, and get a smile (a smile!) in return for dirty dishes – unless that is you’re unlucky enough to be under 12. Back in the, let’s go for a rose-tinted, ‘balmy’ summer of 2013 I set out with a small army of families to find out what the nation’s high street restaurants were serving up to our youngsters.

05 February 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 3

Why we should care that it is World Soil Day

Louise Payton: So today is World Soil day. Why on earth do we need a day on soils? It’s no coincidence that our planet shares its name with the stuff. Soil, earth, or dirt, as it is known in the USA, is important.

05 December 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 3

Climate-smart agriculture or corporate greenwash?

Rob Percival: It was the sound of 500,000 alarm bells ringing in unison. On Sunday, half a million people from 166 countries took to the streets to demand action from world leaders as they gathered in New York for the UN Climate Summit. The ‘People’s Climate March’, as it was dubbed, was marked by a sense of urgency. Climate disruptions are already being felt; our carbon budget is almost spent. Climate change is not a problem for future generations, for tomorrow, for 2050. But for today.

24 September 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

Organic is different

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: For many of us, especially those who grow our own, the idea that organically produced fruit and veg is good for you just seems instinctively right. When you know what has – and hasn’t – gone into the soil and how little the sophisticated processes of nature have been interfered with by the grower, then the inherent vital, vibrant goodness of the resultant crop seems obvious. I grow organically both at home and at River Cottage and I can see the positive effects on the environment – the soil brimming with worms, the abundance of insects and wildlife – as well as tasting them in the quality of the fruit and veg I harvest.

15 July 2014 | 13 Comments | Recommended by 16

Are we facing a less nutritious future?

Rob Percival: Carbon dioxide is present in the atmosphere today in a concentration that has not been seen since sabre-toothed cats and mastodons roamed a planet on which humans had never set foot - it was three million years ago and we had not yet evolved. In recent years we have poured huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We know that rising global temperatures are the result. But a study published last week revealed that increased levels of carbon dioxide will also make some of the world's most important foods less nutritious - and this has significant implications for millions of people.

12 May 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 16

Wake up call to health, mine and the planet’s.

Lynda Brown: Two weeks ago, out of the blue, I woke up in the middle of the night with a throbbing foot, swollen and painful around the big toe area. I won’t bore you with the details, but my GP – who took one look – reckons it’s probably gout. Moi? !!!! ( My diet is A1, mainly organic, don’t do processed food , hardly drink, am pretty skinny, and exercise regularly.)

21 May 2013 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 4

Providing choices for people with none

Amy Leech: The prevalence of obesity in the most deprived 10% of the population is approximately twice that of the least deprived 10%. Is there any wonder? Today’s report on obesity from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges identifies a “food culture in which highly calorific food is available at literally, pocket money prices.” It’s easier and cheaper to eat badly. If you want cheap calories you are not going to grab a handful of good for you grapes – crisps, chocolate, cake, cost less and go further to meet your energy needs. The horsemeat scandal has served to highlight the inadequacies of a food system driven by profit, and the fact that it’s those buying the cheapest food who are falling victim to them.

18 February 2013 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 4

On your bike! Healthy living needs more than organic food

Anna Louise Batchelor: Are you still sitting on the sofa watching the Olympics? If you have been inspired by the Olympians and Paralympians isn’t it time you got up and got on your bike? Over the last few months I have been glued to the TV watching cycling. From Le Tour de France to the Olympic gold medal winners it has been a great year for British cycling. Perhaps the Soil Association certified wood for the Olympic velodrome helped. Now whilst I find these athletic feats inspiring I’m always interested in how they can trickle down. What do I mean? I mean it’s time for us all to keep fit!

10 September 2012 | 104 Comments | Recommended by 21

Post conference fervour: pride and prejudice

Lynda Brown: For me, one word sums up the Organic Conference: empowering. Not because it comes up with grand solutions (it doesn't), or that the talks and discussions are endlessly spell-binding, informative or incitful (they're not), or that you don't have to suffer marketing goobledook (you do). It's where you get the big picture: where science, sustainability, society, and the everyday stuff of life converge.

17 February 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 5

Manchester here we come

Christopher Trotter: Being a bit of a technophobe I am risking life and limb to make this entry, will be setting off from Scotland to Manchester

08 February 2011 | 38 Comments | Recommended by 41

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