Category Archives: Interviews

#Inequality and why it matters – an interview with Richard Wilkinson, co-author of ‘The Spirit Level- Why #Equality is Better for Everyone’

Earlier this year the authors of a widely read book that examined why equality is better for everyone gave a lecture locally. I had a chance to interview one of the authors, Prof Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology … Continue reading

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An #agroecologist gives a tour of the James Hutton Institute, Dundee

In January this year I gave a talk at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee called ‘Food, thriving people and paradigm shifts in the 21st century: goodbye homo sapiens, hello?’. It developed a talk of mine on the Food Systems … Continue reading

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Culture: a short history of the world in a fresh loaf of #sourdough – an interview with Eric Pallant

Eric Pallant is passionate about sourdough bread. Bread is central to western culture and until the last 200 years it was sourdough bread that we ate. A professor of environmental Science at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania USA, he’s spending 6 … Continue reading

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#Chicken, the charismatic #supermarket, cultural economy of #power and #quinoa – in conversation with Jane Dixon

What connects chicken and quinoa? That’s what I wanted to ask Prof Jane Dixon when I met her last month in London near the end of her time as Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the Centre for Food Policy, City, University … Continue reading

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Gastronomy explained – it’s much more than fancy dining

What do you think of when you hear the word gastronomy? Fancy food? Elite eating? That’s not what they mean at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. I’ve been going to visit the university in January for the past few years to … Continue reading

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Enlightened #Agriculture for a better future – an interview with Colin Tudge

For over 40 years, biologist and writer Colin Tudge has worked on agriculture and biodiversity. In this interview, he discussed what this has taught him about the kind of farming systems we need for a fair and sustainable future. He … Continue reading

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How the #commodities casino creates #hunger and unrest – an interview with Alan Bjerga

Earlier this summer a group of northern universities – the n8 – launched their agrifood strategy in Manchester. One of the speakers was Alan Bjerga, who writes about food and commodities for Bloomberg News. He is also author of the … Continue reading

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