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The Santarem Cargill compound is surrounded by guards during a protest

CASE STUDY: fighting food multinationals in South America

Polly Cook

19th June, 2009

In the Brazilian town of Santarem, one brave priest is the only thing standing between multi-national grain trader Cargill and the rest of the Amazon more...
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CASE STUDY: baking and selling real bread

Laura Sevier

22nd May, 2009

The creation of the modern loaf is an industrial process that uses a cocktail of artificial ingredients - but for taste, bite and goodness, nothing beats the old ways. Laura Sevier meets a baker bidding to become the saviour of our daily bread more...
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CASE STUDY: growing fruit and veg in the city

Ben Willis

3rd March, 2009

A host of communal vegetable gardens are springing up in the concrete heart of East London. Ben Willis meets the woman coaxing life from the urban jungle more...
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CASE STUDY: getting good, local food into hospitals

Dixe Wills

22nd January, 2009

It’s fresh, organic and locally produced. It’s hospital food, but not as we know it – yet. Dixe Wills meets the catering manager who’s transforming the canteen kitchen more...
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CASE STUDY: drought resistant farming in Africa

Brad Lancaster

21st November, 2008

Brad Lancaster meets an inspirational farmer proving just how much is possible for farmers in Africa, even in times of extreme drought more...
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CASE STUDY: making breast-feeding easy

Mike Stones

1st May, 2008

Why does only one in 100 mums follow government advice to feed her baby solely on breast milk for the first six months? Mike Stones meets the woman determined to change that. more...
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CASE STUDY: local food needs local supply chains

Laura Sevier

2nd February, 2008

'I can tell you what farm every cow came from, how long it's been in the family, where it's been killed and if it had a name.' Laura Sevier meets an inspirational Orcadian food supplier more...
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CASE STUDY: part eco restaurant, part cookery school

Paul Kingsnorth

17th May, 2007

Paul Kingsnorth meets the Bristol-based chef with an eco-friendly restaurant and a mission to take real food to a wider community. more...
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CASE STUDY: setting up an organic market garden

Laura Sevier

26th April, 2007

Septuagenarian Mehr Fardoonji is still to be found with her hands in the soil after forty-five years of organic market gardening more...
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CASE STUDY: local, sustainable fishing from bait to plate

Carol Trewin

1st February, 2007

Many global fish stocks are on the verge of collapse but, nearer home, Cornish fishermen have found a sustainable way of earning a living. more...
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CASE STUDY: keeping local areas distinctive

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

The UK’s most successful NGO is based in a Dorset village, with no members or PR team. Paul Kingsnorth meets the duo behind it… more...
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CASE STUDY: how to green your local pub

Andrew Purvis

1st February, 2006

Andrew Purvis talks to Geetie Singh, owner of the UK’s only all organic pub, The Duke of Cambridge more...

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We need land to grow food. We need a Community Land Bank

Jeremy Iles

17th September, 2009

A Community Land Bank to negotiate and release areas of land to groups of local people could help solve our growing land crisis more...
Half Farmer, Half Something Else

Japanese turn to farming to find fulfilment

Hiroyo Hasegawa

23rd July, 2009

Growing in popularity in Japan, a new environmental lifestyle choice is helping people grow their own food, reconnect with the land and pursue more fulfilling vocations more...
Mike Guerra explains his permaculture garden to Louise Parry

Permaculture food growing in a suburban garden

Louise Parry

30th June, 2009

Michael and Julia Guerra grow 250kg of food in their tiny suburban garden using permaculture techniques. Louise Parry finds out how more...
In the News

Growing your own food not a returrn to the war's Dig For Victory adversity

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

If the UK is ever going to have a sustainable food policy we have to stop looking backwards and think
about the future instead.

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Growing your own - where to begin

Paul Kingsnorth

19th May, 2009

'Where do I start?' Paul Kingsnorth answers the oft-asked question of those who want to grow their own food - but are lacking in knowledge, time, space, or all three. No problem. Read on... more...
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Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier

Clive Dennis

1st July, 2008

Hardy, long-lived and self-sufficient, perennial vegetables are a gardener’s dream. From rhubarb to the air potato, they are a gift that keeps on giving more...
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Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon

Clive Dennis

1st May, 2008

Growing your own would be vital if the shops shut for good. Steve Solomon has the key to a persistent vegetable state more...
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'Holistic' gardening?

Paul Kingsnorth

1st February, 2008

A year ago, my brother, who is probably a better gardener than me (even though he does insist on giving half his land over to mangel-wurzels, whatever they are) gave me a book called "Gardening and Planting by the Moon" more...
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Green Fingers

Paul Kingsnorth

1st February, 2007

Paul Kingsnorth gets to grips with gardening in tiny spaces - and finds that you can grow an amazing variety of food more...
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Dig for victory

Paul Kingsnorth

1st November, 2005

Having an allotment is no longer a tiresome hobby practised by old geezers in wellies and donkey jackets. It’s an insurance policy against an uncertain future, as Paul Kingsnorth has found out for himself over the last three years. more...

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