Locavore spoke to Kerry Bowness about her love of nature, harvesting sustainably, and the treasure hunt that is foraging.
Avocados, the soft, green superfood may be falling out of favour with some restaurants in Britain as they move to ban the trendy food from their menus, amid environmental and land concerns. Smashed on toast or artfully decorating plates, the fruit has gained popularity in Britain, becoming synonymous with hipster hangouts and millennials.
Now, some cafes in Britain are ditching avocados on ethical grounds, claiming that the water-intensive fruit is harming farmers and land in regions such as South America where is it grown.
Even the most eco-friendly products tend to come in plastic bottles or similar. As is so often the case, the forest can supply a solution.
The Apricot Centre CIC at Huxhams Cross Farm in Dartington, Devon has launched a centre, also called the Apricot Centre, to support the rural economy.
The new Centre offers seasonal fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour and wheat grain in addition to farm produce processing, vocational training in sustainable farming, as well as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for children and young people.
World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations’ annual food security report. The total number of people who face chronic food deprivation has increased by 15 million since 2016. Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago.
A pioneering community shares scheme that saw an organic farm in Market Drayton saved from development has been reopened to raise cash to fund a unique build. England’s first community-owned farm, Fordhall Organic Farm in Market Drayton, is urgently seeking help further the legacy of its organic pioneer, Arthur Hollins.
Poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths, according to a study published on Thursday (29th November 2018) that called on governments and businesses to do more to improve eating habits.
Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough food – including children unable to breastfeed – contribute to widespread malnutrition, said researchers behind the latest Global Nutrition Report.
France’s aggressive measures to tackle food waste, promote healthy lifestyles and adopt eco-farming techniques helped it top a ranking of nations, published this week (27th November 2018), which assesses their food sustainability.
The Netherlands, Canada, Finland and Japan rounded out the top five, and Rwanda scored highest among low-income countries in an index by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation.
Philip Stark was on a long run in the hills above Berkeley, California, when he started thinking differently about the wild green plants around him. “I knew some that were edible,” says Stark, a statistics professor at the University of California, Berkeley. With research interests in nutrition and health, he wanted to learn more about these edible plants and find out which ones could be foraged for food. “Once your brain starts to notice the environment that way — once plants are not just an undifferentiated sea of green — you see the plants everywhere.”
Locavore spoke to owner Richard about the changes in the industry over the last century, sustainable lobster, and the future of sustainable fish and chips.
A short journey in a wooden canoe separates villagers from militants sowing fear with their weapons just across the calm waters of the Niger River in the Malian town of Kouna.
“We worry that these people infiltrate and indoctrinate our children,” said Kouna resident Madou Touléma, 51, clearing weeds with his teenage son, shin-deep in their flooded rice field.
Mushroom season is a fickle mistress. Traditionally things are winding down by November, but fungi are not sticklers for tradition.
Once a thriving sea-port, Cley-next-the-Sea saw cargoes of grain, malt, cloth and spices exported to and imported from Europe. But centuries of siltation and land reclamation left this beautiful North Norfolk port, for a time one of the busiest ports in the UK, almost completely un-navigable.
The lucrative truffle industry is set to disappear within a generation due to climate change, according to new research. A warmer and drier climate will be responsible for the decline – which will have a “huge economic, ecological and social impact” – and could be accelerated by other factors, such as heatwave events, forest fires, pests and diseases.
It was a book that got me into this mess. Almost twenty years ago after reading Annie Hawes excellent, Extra Virgin, I jumped on a flight intent on experiencing Liguria for myself. What I discovered here has had me coming back for holidays ever since. Until two years ago, that is, when I bowed the inevitable British compulsion to own property.