6 April 2014: Published in the Observer, my piece on the "5 a day" debate got an amazing 900+ comments. Some of them quite well-tempered (must be something in the diet). So now it's seven a day? Here's my easy alternative: just stop eating rubbish Nanny Britain's fruit and veg regime will never work … Continue reading Don't eat crap. Three times a day.
As requested... I went to an Action Against Hunger Love Food Give Food event this week to speak on social media and hunger: publicised as "Can bloggers end child hunger?" Which is what you might call a big ask. However... it all came out rather hopeful. Blogging won't end hunger – but there's an awful lot … Continue reading Nine things to do today to solve world hunger
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
30th September 2010 The Times To eat chocolate is to enter a moral maze. It has been associated with indulgence and sex and more recently, justice To eat chocolate is to enter a moral maze. It has always been associated with indulgence and sex — if you believe the advertising — and the newest selling … Continue reading Paying more for Fairtrade cocoa is key to ending child labour
7th July 2011 The Times Two months ago, Sainsbury’s launched a “value” marketing drive, with TV and press campaigns, promising to feed recession-hit families for just £50 a week. The first menu was depressing with its pseudo-bargains, unlikely extravagances (a £5 bunch of grapes) and lots of tinned and frozen food. These included some sausages … Continue reading Making £50 a week taste better
British farmers forced to pay the cost of the supermarket price wars The Guardian, Saturday 2nd July2011. As profits soar at the supermarkets, food producers say they are being forced out of business by unfair buying practices. You can pick up a punnet of British raspberries – at their best this weekend – on a … Continue reading British farmers and the supermarket price wars
May 19th 2011, The Times Sainsbury’s believes you can, but when Alex Renton took up the challenge, he found his household of foodies and fussy eaters had serious misgivings. Eighty-four meals, £50, one happy family, say the new Sainsbury’s adverts. They promise to feed a family of four for seven days for less than the … Continue reading Can you feed your family on £50 a week?
19th September 2010, The Observer Civil war and poverty have ravaged Sierra Leone, but now the fair trade movement is helping to rebuild the lives and dreams of the country's cocoa farmers Wata Nabieu takes the chocolate bar and carefully unwraps the top. She giggles at us watching her and breaks off a piece, giving … Continue reading Chocolate gives Sierra Leone's villages new hope