Posted on Mar 21, 2019
On the 15th of March 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand, the unthinkable happened: a gunman walked into two Mosques and murdered 50 peaceful worshippers and injured a further 50. The pain that one ‘individual’ inflicted across a nation and, more specifically and deeply, to the friends and families of those victims, is palpable. This blog is not the place for discussion of the events of 15 March but, as we reel from the horror of what has happened and feel helpless through our inability to ‘turn back time’ or relieve the suffering of so many, we turn to what we know in an attempt to find some level of solace. This blog is dedicated to a few stories of kindness (and food) in the hope that it may offer some support at a very dark time.
Posted on Mar 13, 2019
In the blog post ‘the Tipping Point’ we wrote about transitions – from plentiful plastic bags in supermarkets to none, from murmurings about climate change to the shouts of young people, and from our ‘traditional’ sources of proteins to novel plant-based ones. In a similar vein; we are interested in when there will be a ‘tipping point’, or global, robust conversation about the amount of food the world wastes: specifically, the amount of food that is lost before it even gets to the consumer.
Posted on Mar 10, 2019
As a child, I remember being told that just because you could do something, doesn’t mean that you should do it – and sometimes dietary choices fall under this logic. A New Zealand newspaper reported this week about those ‘perennial favourites’: chocolate covered tarantulas. Perhaps not the best gift for the mother-in-law this Mothers’ Day.
Posted on Mar 07, 2019
In previous writings, we have looked at science and how science is being used to support stronger food systems. To be fair, our findings are somewhat inconclusive, largely due to the lack of consistency across geographical regions and this is predominantly driven by political and trade agendas.
Posted on Mar 01, 2019
The phrase “standards setting organisation” is one that is often used by those involved in food processing or food regulations; but to those whose focus is on a being consumer, it is something of a mysterious and bureaucratic sounding phrase. The thing is; however, standards are important as they provide us with a baseline level of acceptability and, therefore there needs to be a robust process to ensure that they are fair, fit-for-purpose and measurable
Posted on Feb 14, 2019
In a recent opinion piece, published in a mainstream New Zealand newspaper, a young man declared (my paraphrasing here) that manual labour was beneath him and why would anyone want to dig fence post holes.
Posted on Feb 11, 2019
As Valentine’s day rolls again, it is interesting to ponder the connection between food and love. A lot of us love food, but of interest here is the association between food and the love of other humans. Let’s begin with a bit of a historical review.