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Blogs

Many of these blogs are exclusive to this site. Some of the most recent ones are from the twice monthly newsletter that I produce for NYR Natural News. Some are from Plan C which was a collaborative experiment in (sometimes very) ‘slow blogging’, that explores the issues of Consciousness, Creativity, Connection, Choices and, perhaps most importantly, the Context bubbling below the surface of the sustainability, environment and climate change debates. Plan C has closed down now but the posts are also included on this site.  My rather short-lived (due to time constraints) audioblog, ecoreflections360, can be found here.


21 Feb 2017

GMOs – A Grim Experiment in ‘Scientific’ Eating

When I was a child the science fiction vision of the future was of a world without food. In the future, we were told, we could do away with the drudgery of farming, cooking and even eating and just take a pill that would deliver all our daily nutritional requirements. Even at a young age […]

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27 Nov 2014

More in Sorrow Than in Anger: Resignation From the Soil Association

On November 18th we – Joanna Blythman, Lynda Brown, Pat Thomas and Andrew Whitley – resigned as trustees of the Soil Association We expect fellow members of the Soil Association will wonder why. In a democratic organisation they certainly have a right to be told without delay. Below is an edited version of our resignation […]

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09 Sep 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We do a lot of ugly things in the name of beauty. Those nips, tucks and injections sit at the extreme end of things. But even in everyday beauty products you’ll find a range of chemicals that belong on the factory floor and not on your face. Unless, of course, you choose organic . Although […]

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02 May 2013

Measles and the Tedious Culture of Outrage

News of the measles outbreak in Wales in the UK has sparked yet another heated conversation about vaccination. On the one hand, officialdom claims that Andrew Wakefield’s work linking MMR with autism is completely discredited by the medical profession and in the media; on the other it claims that the work, first published in 1998, […]

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17 Feb 2013

Horsegate – We’re Busy Doing Nothing

“We’re busy doing nothing, working the whole day through, trying to find lots of things not to do…” Imagine that chorus being sung by an admixture of government ministers, supermarket supremos, catering conglomerates and meat-packers and you have the essence of the official response to the the horsegate scandal. Today it emerges that the Government […]

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06 Jun 2012

The Ecologist – Never ‘Just’ a Magazine

A personal reflection on the Ecologist/Resurgence ‘merger’ – and the end of an era

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02 Mar 2012

We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Out of the Garden

The annual Soil Association conference set a blistering pace this morning with an opening shot across the bow of its own occasionally enclosed world view. Chief Executive Helen Browning, in her opening remarks, said the Association needed to aim high in order to face the future. Visionary economist and Director of the economic think tank […]

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02 Mar 2012

Consuming or Eating?

In her talk his morning Ann Petifor talked a great deal about how we define ourselves. If we define ourselves simply as consumers is it any wonder that we have a food system that is based on consumption – of land, of chemicals of resources, and of money that could be invested in change? She […]

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02 Mar 2012

The Farmer on the Floor

A speaker from the audience has just stood up and made an important point about farmers. She questioned organic and whether it is intrinsically healthier. An uncomfortable issue for many in the room, myself included, who believe it is. But more than that she said, “I am not an organic farmer, but I am proud […]

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02 Mar 2012

Open Up…And Say ‘Ah Ha’!

How do we decide what to eat? That was the subject of today’s Rethinking Diets panel discussion and debate.  Most of us there expected some blue sky thinking but to say the skies turned a little thundery in our little room is an understatement. The Soil Association’s Richard Young made a fascinating case for bringing […]

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