A bleak future for hill farming?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wLOO5j2vYE A short clip from about 6 months ago but a debate that needs to be had. Why do farmers have to take all the financial risks for the benefit of the supermarkets and the consumer? Do we really think enough about the producers of our food in the food system?

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Farmageddon – How do we create change?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uah8LBUbfc Over the last few years there have been a string of 'organidocs', documentaries regarding the organic movement and the problems within the global food industry, attempting to send the message out about the 'real' state of the global agricultural situation to a wider audience. When I watch them, as someone who is already aware, … Continue reading Farmageddon – How do we create change?

Can we make nature exciting?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWqrbYwn7K4&feature=player_detailpage This post was my first to be published at activisionary, a new independent group focusing upon environmental writing within which I am volunteering as an environmental journalist. Take a look at their site and my first article here. The automatic response to the posing of the above question may be one of disbelief for … Continue reading Can we make nature exciting?

Owen Paterson speaks out as being pro GM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wZelfUZ-mc0 'GM a safe, proven and beneficial innovation'? I wonder if the secretary of State, who is meant to be representing my interests, is really speaking for the best interests of the British and European public here or is he speaking for a multinational industry determined to push into Europe? Where is the evidence that … Continue reading Owen Paterson speaks out as being pro GM

Gleason Ranch: Risking Everything

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IP3zeyCvxjo This short clip advertises a documentary following the lives of the people running a 5th generation family ranch. Illustrating the harsh realities of real life farming and real life struggles I encourage you to read more about the story at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gleason-ranch-risking-everything/.

Bill Cronon on Environmental History

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lGAtus2iA7c Whenever anyone asks me about what era or 'typology' of history I most enjoy studying I generally respond with two small words: 'environmental history'. Those of you who regularly read my posts will know that environmental history forms a profound base in my interests and my study and indeed I hope to write many … Continue reading Bill Cronon on Environmental History

How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4KmKoj4RSZw&list=PLa5_CCZ0k9jHQtKYDl1c1vmhRaKP15dDE Pam Warhurst is a very inspirational speaker in this, a TED talk on possible ways for communities to make use of land. I would certainly recommend you spare ten minutes or so to watch this and think again about how we can structure our communities,using food production as a common purpose.