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Please sign and share this petition from the Syria Campaign.  It cannot hurt to sign; maybe it can help.


This is a very informative and sobering video discussing the pitfalls of the potential trade agreement TTIP– the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  TTIP would represent huge benefit for gigantic agribusiness players, and severely undermine local, ecological and democratic approaches to food and growing.

PLEASE educate yourself and others and keep making a stink in the realms you have any influence– with your representatives, your politicians, your social media, your streets.  Use your voice.

By the way, I found this SHOCKING: Read the rest of this entry »

Last week I was contemplating various ironies that Thanksgiving sacraments of yore were more about fasting than feasting, as discussed in Ken Albala’s article “The Other Side of Thanksgiving.”  Meanwhile US activists had travelled to Cuba to enact a fasting ritual as a powerful, haunting protest against ongoing detentions at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Witness Against Torture also organises regular Friday fasts, as a means to keep the focus on this issue of justice and human rights. They are also organising a fast for the 14 year anniversary of indefinite detention in early January.

photo by Justin Norman

photo by Justin Norman

Hugh’s War on Waste and Crowdfunder have created a site where local community food projects working with waste can post fundraising appeals.  There are many and will be more.  You can really get the feeling for a movement developing, and appreciate how hard so many people are working on this problem.

This is place to ask and to give.  UK readers, please add your group, support some others if you can, and share the link:

We just gave a little money in this Indiegogo Campaign to help the families of activists detained for fighting for land rights and against land grabs in Ethiopia.

We’re so protected, relatively, for now, in the UK, to express what we believe in terms of food democracy and a vision for feeding ourselves in the future. These activists in Ethiopia have been charged under a counter terrorism law for attending a food security workshop. Outrageous! Hearing Omot admit his fear of torture more than that of arrest just sent chills down my body.  Well clearly it’s a lot harder if you’re an activist in Ethiopia, so the least to offer is my small contribution, and to spread the word in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

People fleeing the hideous violence in Syria are very much on our minds.

Looking at photos of what goes into luggage packed as people flee their homes, you see there’s really very little food going with them on their journeys. Refugees must be hungry indeed, and in such difficulty taking care of the needs– body and spirit– of their children and themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Pancakes for Climate Justice!

On the one hand this video is a great demonstration of how to write messages or designs into your pancakes.  I wonder if the batter in the bottle is coloured with cocoa powder –or what makes it dark?

On the other, this video will hopefully travel around and help get the word out about the absolute dispiriting disgusting demoralising disgrace of biofuels subsidised as renewables and campaigning work against Drax as the largest power station in the world that runs on them (and coal!). Please share.

Biofuelwatch is an important resource for information and action against industrial biofuels as a false and dangerous solution to climate change.


In five days, a bill will go through Parliament, a wonderful opportunity to get a national conversation growing on changing agricultural practice for the benefit of people and ecology and people as part of ecology.  It may have little chance of passing, but heigh-ho, we’re all in this for the long haul!  I learned about it from the World Development Movement blog.

The bill introduces concepts of animal welfare, food wastage, bio-diverstiy, pollution, good water practices, rural livelihoods and more.  It’s great!  Read the text of the bill here.

And here’s a basic definition of Agro-Ecology:

“Agroecology is the framework which will allow us to scientifically address multiple interrelated objectives of economic viability, social equity, and environmental integrity. An agroecosystem may be a field, a farm, or a larger region such as a river valley.  Implicit in agroecological research and education is the idea that knowledge of ecosystem relationships will allow farmers to manage inputs and processes in agricultural production systems and thereby optimize for productivity, sustainability, stability and social equity.”

Thanks to this really interesting website for the quotation above as well as the graphic at the top.

This is the page from Campaign for Real Farming with explanation and a how-to-be-involved.  If you are reading this in the UK, please contact your MP.  Let’s get this conversation happening!

Here’s a food and land issue I feel in my bones, so much so that I just gave a little money towards a Crowdfunder fundraising campaign and am hoping some of you will as well, if you can. Watch the video and learn how a (lower-case “c”) cooperative group is seeking funds to get professional aid in organising and presenting themselves as realistic potential farm buyers.

The Co-operative — (with an uppercase “C”) — for people outside Britain– is a business group, mainly a supermarket chain and bank, that is mutually owned by “members” though managed as big business.  Members vote for issues it wishes the Co-op to honour throughout its practice — community service, fair-trade, good labour standards, environmental awareness, and much more.  The Co-op represents a model of business at a national level that many of us find preferable to other more ruthless versions of marketing in the food field.  (For my American readers, I can think of nothing comparable…)

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Christmas Puddings in the Age of Melt

This brilliant Christmas Cake was made and iced by Ladies Fauset– climate activists Claire and Sophie and their mother Barbara too. They made it to honour Phil Ball and all the Arctic 30, Greenpeace heroes who paid a price of imprisonment for drawing attention to Russian oil drilling in the Arctic. The cake is funny and celebratory and a kind of Christmas toast. Of course there’s also the pun — the problem with the ice(ing).  But when I saw the photo, the crack reminded me of that kind of anxiety that accompanies the knowledge that our world is in a state of change and crisis that is going to have quite some consequences.

Christmas is one of those holidays through which we mark time, years advancing, my children growing. Because I juggle with pessimism about the future, I hide the sadness to protect their innocence. We act jolly. But I feel time marching forward– New Years is stong for this too– when I want it to stay still, so we can stop ice melting and oceans warming and figure out what to do PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

My husband is a climate change campaigner, and so we speak often about the subject, about the future, but also about how people who know and don’t know deal with the knowledge of how serious a situation we find ourselves in, regarding the climate.

So I could only laugh when I realised the Freudian Slip of a Christmas dessert  George came up with for our Christmas dinner: Baked Alaska. It was quite delicious: a soft meringue baked in a hot oven around a store-bought Madeira Sponge wrapped around frozen foraged blackberries and home-grown raspberries mounded on a core of vanilla ice cream. It came to the table as a festive masterpiece, and spoke of the wish, The Wish, that something sweet and cold could stay protected and eternal beneath all our technological machinations.


(A brief read on Wikipedia told me that when the microwave was invented a Hungarian physicist and “molecular gastronomist” produced something the opposite, a “Frozen Florida” in which the meringue remained frozen but the inner liquor was heated. Oh the possibilities of climate chaos, and every weird combination of everything, everywhere.)

Meanwhile I bought a £2 (reduced from £4) Christmas Pudding, not because any of us  especially enjoy it, but because the brandy heated and set on fire makes the most beautiful dancing blue flame, something spiritual and numinous, sacred, magical,  heat and light in this cold dark time of year. I think we’ll light it tomorrow, because we haven’t done so yet tonight.

And I’ll say a little personal prayer of thanks to people who are putting their lives on the line, like the Arctic 30 did,  trying to guide a better future into being– and let myself feel  inspired and empowered by them to be ever more active and vocal.

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