A scandal has been taking place in India, largely unreported in the West, where over the course of the past decade an average of over 1,000 farmers per month have been committing suicide.
One of the root causes of this astonishing statistic lies in the consequences of a deal struck between the Indian government and the International Monetary Fund in the early 1990s.
In exchange for international…
Calabrese pakora. Easy, vegan and very moreish. Recipe here:
What am I eating?
Where did it come from?
How did it get here?
These are three really simple questions which should be very easy to answer. But just take a look in your fridge and store cupboard and work out what percentage of the food you are intending to eat readily allows you to answer those three questions. The serpentine complexity of much of our food chain makes it quite a challenge.
I am old enough to remember the UK before the first McDonalds opened up here, and I believe the arrival of the global fast food chain to our shores coincided with a pivotal shift in our attitudes to food.
To me, with the benefit of hindsight, it seemed to herald two things.
Firstly, a gradual onslaught of fast, cheap, energy-dense food, a trend continued subsequently with the…
new recipe: chargrilled broccoli and spaghetti with lemon and basil pesto
The hidden GM link to supermarket meat, plus a new recipe: parsnip, ricotta and chive gnocchi with sage butter
new seasonal recipe: forced rhubarb and lemongrass granita - beautifully refreshing
New recipe: celeriac and cumin oven fries plus the British politician banging the drum for GMOs
A year on, the number 1 lesson of the UK horsemeat scandal, plus a quick and easy recipe: bubble and squeak cakes