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Allotment update…

Went down to the allotment yesterday and:

  • made a minuscule amount of progress covering the grass in places where I want to eventually grow things
  • snipped some bits off the currant bushes because a friendly old man told me to
  • pulled back some of the grass in another part of the plot and discovered some RHUBARB!! Yaaay!!!

I also picked up some books in Oxfam this weekend: The Age of Consent, by George Monbiot, which is actually about global justice and creating (as far as I can tell without having read it yet) a globalised democracy to stop corporations and the IMF riding roughshod over the planet and the poor, but which had been put on the ‘Gender Studies’ shelf and I felt I ought to rescue it, and Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence, of which I have already read the first chapter, where she talks about caming back from living in Pakistan for a few years and being utterly astonished by English supermarkets, ‘permanent global summertime’ and ‘choice’, while everyone expected that the food she had been eating was bland and restricted, and in fact she’d found it more varied and tastier. This was very similar to my own experiences coming home from Africa, on which more when I’m not supposed to be doing something else.


November 24, 2008 at 9:31 am 1 comment

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Rob Hopkins, Transition Handbook

“Environmentalists have often been guilty of presenting people with a mental image of the world’s least desirable holiday destination – some seedy bed and breakfast near Torquay, with nylon sheets, cold tea and soggy toast – and expecting them to get excited about the prospect of NOT going there. The logic and the psychology are all wrong.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

"Food is that rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure."

Carlo Petrini

"A gastronome who is not also an environmentalist is an idiot. An environmentalist who is not also a gastronome is, well, sad."

Sharon Astyk

"I am, of course, firmly opposed to consumerism and corporatism in all its forms, and I believe that we are deeply confused about material needs and wants. Now let me explain how books and yarn are totally different than the material things that other people want ;-)…."

Raj Patel, at Slow Food Nation

"Biofuels, which is the preposterous policy that we should grow food not to eat it but to set it on fire."