23 November 2015 for the Observer as "What is Healthy Eating?": It’s easy to develop a case of the latest psychiatrically acknowledged eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy. I got one for just £65. That’s the price of an introductory session at London’s Hale Clinic, an alternative therapy … Continue reading The free-from-fear diet
The Times (UK) Magazine, 28 September 2013: Should red meat carry a health warning? Alex Renton investigates the link between what we eat and the increased risk of diet-related cancers We’re hard-wired to eat meat: all we can get of it. Research shows that if you give a diet of unlimited meat to omnivorous animals, … Continue reading Red meat. The real killer?
My Observer magazine story and an editorial calling for government action on sugary drinks gathered lots of interest: 170k web hits, 850 comments and a feeble response from the British soft drinks industry. The tin of 7UP rolls to a stop at my feet. I pick it up, scowling at the kid on a bike … Continue reading Tackling Big Sugar – the next great health war
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
17th October 2011, The Times Dozens of the savings offered by Tesco in its “Big Price Drop” — the £500 million campaign that started a supermarket price war three weeks ago — are on foods that were sold only briefly at the higher price, research by The Times has shown. Huge advertising promotions this month … Continue reading The Truth about Tesco's not-so-big price drop
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?
15th September, 2011 The Times I lived in London for half my life but I approach the city now with flutters in the stomach. A committed vegetarian I know who leaves the West Country twice a year for the Smoke says that, faced with the urban challenge, he lapses. He goes straight from Paddington Station … Continue reading My experience of London? Pride came before offal
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
1st July 2010, The Times The effect of restaurant chains like Pizza Express is that independents barely make a profit After a particularly joyless visit to an Edinburgh Pizza Express last Sunday, all four of us ended up with mild food poisoning. Of course, I can’t prove that the restaurant was responsible, but the leathery … Continue reading If you don't support independent restaurants, get used to soulless pizzas