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,...
Posted on Dec 16, 2018
Some years ago, I attended a conference in Malaysia. I remember one fascinating presentation describing how fish were caught near Singapore and then sent to another country for processing. The fish fillets that returned from processing had a different DNA profile than the fish that left. Interesting. One of two things were happening: it was either magic or fraud. My money is on fraud, and, coincidentally, money is the main driver behind all types of food fraud.
Posted on Dec 10, 2018
Returning from the final EU Food Integrity conference - a meeting of thought leaders in the world of scientific methods to combat food fraud - I must confess to a feeling of Deja vu. I have been here before and listened to several the same scientists (all of whom I greatly respected). I sat in similar darkened auditoriums and wandered around other poster sessions brimming with complex diagrams, details and data; navigated trade displays from leading scientific providers; and networked with friends and colleagues, regulators and providers. On previous occasions, as with this one, we all had a common purpose – a desire to make food supply chains safer.
Posted on Dec 06, 2018
The terms ‘food authenticity’ and ‘food integrity’ are bandied around a lot (particularly by those working to support food supply chains) and the state of ‘integrity’ has become something like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We can see the rainbow (problem) but can never get to the desired outcome (food integrity), or that’s how it seems, at least.
Posted on Dec 03, 2018
Writing about another Nigella, or a new form of food fusion, could be quite the way to grab the attention of those interested in food systems. Sadly, however, this post is about a new theory of the relationship between all things food; and where those relationships overlap and compete.