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25 Years of Riverford: good food, good farming, good business

01 November 2011

Twenty six years ago, while aged 25 and pretending to be a management consultant in New York, on leaving my apartment on Union Square I stumbled on what must have been one of the first farmers’ markets. Chatting to the farmers brought back the reali...

Beyond Organic: a vision of the future

01 November 2011

I like to imagine a future where everybody intuitively understands that the aim of food production is to maximise its nutritional qualities for the benefit of humans and the planet. To achieve this, I think the future direction for the sustainable f...

The challenge of feeding the world: food security or food sovereignty?

01 November 2011

In the last six months of 2010 alone, 44 million people were pushed into extreme poverty by rising food prices. The food crisis, exacerbated by the perfect storm of climate change, rising populations, and bio-fuels production, has sparked heated deb...

The end of an era

01 November 2011

I was fortunate to hear E F Schumacher give the following talk at St Columba’s church, Pont Street in the autumn of 1975, and still recall the combination of wit, intellect and personal warmth which made him such an impressive speaker. The Iona Comm...

The problems with manufactured nitrogen fertilisers

01 November 2011

Too much nitrogen harms the environment and the economy was the key message of the recent European Nitrogen Assessment which reported a study carried out by 200 scientists investigating the unprecedented changes humans have made to the global nitrog...

Launch of the Sustainable Food Cities Network

12 October 2011

An event in Bristol today [12 October] sees the launch of a UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities Network which will help cities develop and promote healthy and sustainable food programmes. The Network will be crucial as these cities work to tackle a grow...

Organic September round-up

10 October 2011

The UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic took place last month, with Organic September being marked on organic farms, in schools, by retailers and caterers and the general public. Taking a lead from the ongoing industry wide ‘discover orga...

Mixed farming apprentice wanted

30 September 2011

An opportunity for an apprentice with an interest in horticulture and livestock, pigs and poultry to work on a mixed 650 acre organic farm in Leicestershire.

Food for Life team reaps national award

21 September 2011

East Ayrshire Council recently celebrated winning an APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) award in a UK-wide competition which drew around 300 submissions in total.

Kinder, cleaner, better

08 September 2011

Organic clothes and textiles have become increasingly popular in the last decade. When textiles are certified as organic it means that both the production of the fibre on the farm, and the processing of this fibre into textiles has met organic stand...
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