Broadcast by BBC World Service, From Our Own Correspondent, 27 May 2014: Audio Published in the Observer, 30 March 2014: Under the coffee bushes, Rosibel and Benjamín Fijardo are on their knees, scraping carefully through a litter of dead leaves and dried mud. They are scavenging for stray coffee berries, fallen when the harvesters went through the … Continue reading Coffee under threat: how climate and the global market combine to create a crisis
Wrote three stories for the Observer (links to each one below) this weekend around the G8 discussion on food security and child hunger. Interesting comments, particularly on the piece on the Gates Foundation's work; boy, do some Guardian Online users hate the corporates. Often with good reason. But when government has done so badly at tackling … Continue reading Hunger, child nutrition and eight ways to feed the world
The olive harvest: the money in olives has always been an enemy of tradition and quality Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images Book review: The Observer, Sunday 15 January, 2012 Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller Is there any foodstuff as dodgy as olive oil? Human beings have been defrauding … Continue reading Olive oil – 5000 years of fraud and poisoning
11th October 2009, The Observer Olives, kiwi fruit, almonds – as the climate gets hotter in the UK, we may well be producing our own exotic crops Far from the failed harvests, droughts and floods of Asia, Mark Diacono is expecting some good to come of climate change. On his 17-hectare farm beside the Otter … Continue reading How will climate change affect Britain's crops?
11th October 2009 The Observer Suicide is the latest epidemic among farming communities as climate change parches the heart of India, destroying agriculture and plunging the poorest families into crippling debt. In Andhra Pradesh, everyone we met had lost faith in the weather. "It is," said one woman, a groundnut farmer and a mother of … Continue reading Food, famine and climate change: India's scorched earth