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
10 Jan 2015: Thrifty or lavish, we all are now guests at the discounted, buy-one-get-one-free, year-round cheap food feast, eating more than we need and paying less for it – as a proportion of our incomes – than our grandparents did, or their parents before them. This, it turns out, is not entirely a good … Continue reading Food is too cheap
By the end of this century, many sea-creatures may be history. As we keep dumping greenhouse gases into the air, the oceans keep sucking them up, making the waters deadly to their inhabitants.
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
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
May 28th 2011, The Times Take 4 cow’s hooves and ankles and 1 brain (optional); boil for 32 hours (without seasoning); remove scum; gnaw bones. Haute cuisine, Armenia-style Khash, “the masterpiece of Armenian cuisine”, is always eaten early in the morning. “It is not wise to eat it late,” says our host, Shirak. “Khash is … Continue reading Is this the worst dish in food?
25 October 2009 The Observer It's not the growing number of people in poverty who are causing climate change, it's the rich The worst thing that you or I can do for the planet is to have children. If they behave as the average person in the rich world does now, they will emit some … Continue reading Fewer British babies would mean a fairer planet