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
Nathan Myhrvold - the most interesting man I've ever had dinner with (sorry, guys!)
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.
25 Feb 2014. Comment piece published in the Daily Mail (original here): A high Street butcher in Suffolk has been forced to take down its window display, as shoppers are said to be offended by the sight of bits of dead animals. Hanging pigs’ heads, limp rabbits and dead pheasants were upsetting the children. The story is ludicrous. … Continue reading For the good of animals and humans, butchers' windows should look like this
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
May 24, 2013: Here's my Guardian story on Gigha Halibut, the onshore farm producing gorgeous, chemical-free fish - at a premium - on Scotland's West Coast. It got interesting reaction from the salmon-farming industry. Some of it not even rude. See below. There are stealth bombers cruising through the huge swimming pool, flat-fish the size of … Continue reading The future of fish farming?
Bakery firms are making big promises: touting premium loaves to help with everything from dieting and flatulence to memory loss and the symptoms of menopause. I enlisted some experts and we took apart 12 supermarket loaves to ask: are health breads a big gluten-loaded con? (Extended version of an investigation for the Daily Mail, published 21 … Continue reading Is "health bread" a scam?
Here's the top of my Observer Magazine story on the sad and destructive prawn and scallop trawling that's now the west coast's most valuable fishery. A huge and interesting response - see the comments here - from academics, fishermen and shellfish lovers... Please tell me what you think below. The dispute is savage (between the scientists … Continue reading Britain's shell fish disaster
Editorial I wrote for the Observer http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/13/price-to-be-paid-cheap-food Sunday 13 January 2013 The world is throwing away a shocking amount of food. A report last week claimed that at least a third of the 4 billion tonnes of food the world produces each year never gets as far as our mouths. Between 30% and 50% of food purchased in Europe … Continue reading Food is too cheap and that's damaging all of us
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