I have written before (back in 2011 initially) on the idea that the current dietary guidelines might be wrong and that the accusatory finger pointing at saturated fat as the bogeyman looks seriously flawed. (see “The truth about food? Fat Chance…”)
However, I’ve tended to avoid focussing...Read more
The British Street Food Awards team have just launched a new street food app. Their new app showcases the best market food and street food in Britain. It’s revolutionary, with live GPS maps showing who’s trading where and when. It details the specials of the best traders, and encourages punters...Read more
Last-ditch lobbying to sway vote in Brussels to halt use of killer nerve agents
Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world’s most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and...Read more
Like my grandmother before me, I have never had a tub of margarine in the house. Perhaps thanks to her, my gut instinct has always told me that butter is better for you. Not only does butter taste incomparably better, it’s a natural product that human beings have been eating and cooking with for...Read more
Thousands of British children are going to school hungry every day, while the country faces an obesity and dietary crisis that is costing the NHS £6bn per year. The numbers speak for themselves: Britain has sleepwalked into a diet crisis, with unaffordable social and economic implications.
Consumers as well as supermarkets play a crucial role in influencing retail and farming policy and must help drive change.
Last Friday Sainsbury’s ran another switch the fish day. Customers who asked for one of the so-called “big five” – cod, haddock, tuna, salmon or prawns – were offered a...Read more
Farmers say they are paid so little for their meat that many will be forced out of the industry.
Spring lambs occupy a special place in Britain’s rural idyll. As animal and meat, lamb is vested with huge symbolism, celebrated in hymns, nursery rhymes and oil paintings. Shakespeare uses the animal...Read more
Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines – and is the new battleground crop.
Scientists say they have seen the future of genetically modified foods and have concluded that it is orange or, more...Read more
Modern pesticides widely used by British farmers could be restricted over concerns they are responsible for a decline in bee populations. The European Commission said neonicotinoids, insecticides often applied directly to seed so the crop grows up resistant to pests, should be banned from use on...Read more
Children’s Food Trust, which monitors quality of meals served in schools, will receive no government funding after March.
Childhood nutrition campaigners have expressed alarm after the government confirmed it will cut off all funding to the Children’s Food Trust, the main organisation which...Read more
ORGANIC PRODUCE has had an uneasy time during the recession, but new research shows that 37 million hectares of land are now farmed organically.
Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold, concluded the...Read more
The organic farm links up with the organic food charity.
This is a partnership forged, if not in heaven, then in a strong philosophical affinity. Guy Watson, winner of the BBC’s Farmer of the Year 2012 award and founder of Riverford, an organic farm that delivers 37,000 vegetable boxes each week,...Read more
Pesticides blamed for killing bees have been removed from the shelves of Britain’s biggest gardening chains, prompting calls for similar chemicals widely-used on farms to be banned completely.
After studying the evidence, Homebase, B&Q and Wickes took the decision to remove two popular bug killers...Read more
Herding cattle up the side of a mountain might seem like a lot of extra work, but for thousands of years, people have hauled their cows into the Alps to graze during the summer months. Why? It’s all about great-tasting cheese.
In places like Italy, some traditional cheeses, like bra d’alpeggio or...Read more
Budget should raise £1bn a year to pay for free school meals and encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables, urges charity.
Sugary drinks should be subject to a new tax, which could add 20p a litre to their price with the proceeds going towards child health, a report says.
The report by food...Read more
In the great mackerel row, consumers are caught in the middle desperately trying to work out what they should and shouldn’t be eating.
It used to be straightforward: cod was being overfished, so you knew not to eat it. Bluefin tuna was out of bounds. And don’t even think of ordering the marlin...Read more
The Food Standards Agency is to charge the retailer over its vending machines that sold unpasteurised milk
Selfridges is being taken to court for potentially putting public health at risk by selling raw milk at its flagship London store, the government’s food watchdog has announced.
The Food...Read more
Plans to force Europe’s farmers to earn their subsidies by protecting the environment are under attack by MEPs. The European Commission is attempting to reform the EU’s agriculture policy, under which farmers get subsidies based on the amount of land they own. The Commission says part of...Read more
Mackerel, once promoted by celebrity chefs as an “ethical” fish, could disappear from British dinner tables after being taken off a list of what can be eaten with a clear conscience because of overfishing.
Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Raymond Blanc have all promoted mackerel as a...Read more