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.
Posted on Jan 27, 2019
The idea of foraging for food is attractive in that the cost is in time and effort, you are using something that would not be eaten otherwise and there is a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained by feeling a little more resilient or sustainable. It increases awareness of our natural environment and gets people outside, but the downsides are the risk to health from misidentification or contamination.
Posted on Jan 21, 2019
This post was written in part in response to some media fixation with an individual in what would appear to be an attempt to discredit an important conversation about the future of food. It was also written in part because EAT-Lancet Commission report is important and is worthy of investigation. It does raise a troubling question – who should be driving the food agenda?
Posted on Jan 17, 2019
In a much-publicised move, the President of the US served up fast food to a winning sports team. Putting aside the reason for the rather odd event there were several points of concern arising from the event. Disclaimer: we are not talking politics.
Posted on Jan 07, 2019
A lot of disagreement, a lot of passion
Subscribing to social media feed for agribusiness news takes a certain sort of stamina. Feeds bounce between cute videos of piglets to full-on battles between different farming philosophies and different consumer perspectives. What becomes very clear, very quickly, is that there is a lot of disagreement and, a lot of passion.
If we consider that the core purpose of social media is to communicate, then it is an ideal platform for the sharing of ideologies, building followings and converting nay-sayers to our “better” way of thinking. It seems, however,...