Environment and Food Production – Archive

Many people are concerned not only to be eating a diet that is healthy for them, but one that is sustainable and environmentally sound for the planet as a whole. There has been an assumption that vegan diets have the lowest environmental impact, but there is considerable evidence that permanent pasture offers greater environmental benefits including biodiversity, whilst protecting the soil from the destruction of the plough. Furthermore, home grown food from vegetable gardens, allotments and smallholdings is often more productive than industrial scale farming.

Articles in this section explore some of these fascinating ideas.


Knepp book launch party plus campsite photo review (26/May/18) - On Thursday evening, at the end of an afternoon of rain, we wove our way across West Sussex to the Knepp Estate, at the invitation
The Case for Sustainable Meat (13/Apr/18) - Meat, we are told, is bad for the planet. But is it that simple? Keir argues that the anti-meat rhetoric risks destroying the very environment is claims to be protecting.
Pasture for Life Farmer explains why he does not feed his cows grains (16/Sep/17) - Here is an excerpt from a BBC World Service programme The Food Chain, in which farmer Tom Morrison explains his approach to grass fed beef production.
Hold fire on the Sea Bass recipe! (Retraction and Apology) (15/Oct/16) - Breaking news: Scientists say Wild Sea Bass stocks are dangerously low. DO NOT EAT SEA BASS - use one of these sustainable alternatives
Study: dairy, not plant based diets is the best way to feed the planet (14/May/16) - New Zealand farm analysis finds that mixed dairy/cropping systems feed the greatest number of people. Protein considerations prove pivotal.
The United Nations University has published one of our blog posts! (28/Mar/15) - take a look at it here [UPDATE: Now also reblogged at Resilience]
Pasture fed meat comes to the high street (16/Mar/15) - Afifah discovers a burger-bar in Southampton, who's farmer-owner wants to make ancestral nutrition available to everyone.
Why home-grown food is up to ten times better than arable crops (20/Feb/15) - Study shows that UK allotments and gardens are more productive and fertile than farmland.
Pork – tradition and nutrition (8/Feb/15) - Following her appearance on BBC4's Any Questions, Afifah looks at the nutritional value of pork. She reports on little-known health benefits, even for bacon.
A pretty amazing food just got a whole lot prettier (7/Dec/14) - Wow! Our local organic egg farm has just started offering these beautiful multi-coloured hens eggs!
Safari in deepest Sussex – now you can experience the Knepp re-wilding project for yourself! (19/Jul/14) - From glamping in a sepherd's hut to night safaris led by bat experts - Knepp estate now offers many ways to experience the UK's top re-wilding success story.
Very Slow Cooked Re-wilded Pasture-Fed Longhorn Beef Shin (27/Jan/14) - Rediscover meat and two veg.
Desertification – Agriculture’s Inevitable Destination? (6/Dec/13) - research from the University of Colorado shows how soil microbes have been decimated by agriculture.
Re-wilding Our Food (2/Sep/13) - The re-wilding project at Knepp Castle in West Sussex is a pioneering example of using farm animals to maximise biodiversity.