If you go down to the woods today: wild garlic in Britain’s ancient woodlands

To celebrate the beginning of May this year, I took a short bike ride 12km out of Oxford to some woodlands near Elsfield in search of wild garlic, also known as ramsons, buckrams, bear leek or bear's garlic. The plant, native to Europe and Asia, is actually a wild relative of the chive. Their latin name … Continue reading If you go down to the woods today: wild garlic in Britain’s ancient woodlands

Has the sustainable food movement been trumped?

It is the subject that has been on everybody's jaw-dropped lips this week as the United States of America has announced that their new president-elect is to be Donald Trump. The presidential campaign has been like no other before, causing endless discussions, furrowed brows and brain racking in pubs, offices, cafés and dining rooms the … Continue reading Has the sustainable food movement been trumped?

Lots of Little Ones or One Big One?

When talking about increasing the impact of sustainable farm projects, people often discuss it in terms of 'scaling up' sustainable growing. But what does that actually mean? According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, to scale something up is: “to increase the size, amount, or importance of something, usually an organization or process”. Implicit in this … Continue reading Lots of Little Ones or One Big One?

Eating as a Social Practice?

1. Introduction Can we achieve a more sustainable food consumption by reframing the act of eating as a social practice? Conventional approaches which see unsustainable eating practices as the result of individuals choosing to behave in environmentally damaging ways are questionable, as they do not take into account the social, political, institutional and other factors … Continue reading Eating as a Social Practice?