We should have known. From the moment Food, Glorious Food became the Food Industry, alarm bells should have started ringing. Like any other industry, say, the Film Industry, we should have anticipated the upheaval. The scams, the scandals, the marketing, the scares. Gimmicks, hypes, propaganda and the backlash of the media. It's almost worrying the paparazzi aren't involved!
‘Going green' is extending into new and unusual situations. In pursuance of ‘urban agriculture', people living in cities and towns have been encouraged to give serious consideration to installing a kitchen garden on balconies, flat roofs and other suitable high spaces. This initiative should be seen in light with statisticians' predictions suggesting that cities are more likely than rural areas to suffer the effects of any future food shortages. Now ‘greening up' is extending rapidly into country towns and villages - but not necessarily in order to produce food!
Farming was once this country's most important industry. Then, for a variety of reasons, things got tough and the industry slid down the prosperity ladder. The wheel revolves - farming is heading upwards in a big, big way. But there a huge problem is looming! Shortage of people entering the industry!
The first step in cutting your energy consumption, your electricity bills, and your carbon footprint is to find out how much electricity you're currently using. A home energy monitor (also called a smart meter) will show you in real time how much you're using, and the effect of tunring things on and off.
Whether you prefer the stylish Wattson, a functional smart meter like the OWL or Efergy, or to track individual appliances using the Ecosaver, Nigels Eco Store have the meter for you.
The Eden Project has just launched a brand new website; www.edenprojectshop.com. Everything on the site is made using recycled and refused materials and many are sourced locally to reduce the overall carbon footprint.
There are gifts for all the family. Don’t give the usual gifts this Christmas, treat your loved ones to a fantastic H Racer (£90) it is a real Boy's Toy.
Bustling Central London, surrounded by congestion and commerce, may seem a surprising place to find an organic safe haven. But then, anything less than surprising doesn't seem to come naturally to Alara.