Guest blogs


Stopping the Government from Backtracking on their Herbal Practitioners Promise

You don’t have to work in politics to realise that the Government sometimes promises something with the maximum of fanfare and then, after a suitable period of time has elapsed, quietly shelves whatever it had been planning to do. Often this is because there is much more opposition out there than the Minister supposed, opposition […]

June 28, 2013 Continue Reading

Drugs, bugs and environment…

It’s always fascinating to see how trends come and go especially in the world of health and medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I love science but it can get a bit reductionist sometimes and miss the wood for the trees. We have all seen and heard this in regards to the development of drug therapies […]

June 28, 2013 Continue Reading
Craig Sams

Food for (psychiatrists’) thought

In-fighting among psychiatrists over what constitutes mental illness has hit new levels. Craig Sams offers to diagnose their dysfunctional behaviour. Stop the press! The American Psychiatric Association is publishing the latest edition of the ‘DSM’ (that’s the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to you and me). People are mentally ill in pretty much […]

June 17, 2013 Continue Reading
Craig Sams

Sugar – are you a user or an abuser?

As experts flail around not solving the global obesity crisis Craig Sams ponders the merits of establishing a new category of crime – Food Abuse Fat Chance, a recent book by Prof. Robert Lustig, puts forth the hypothesis that it is sugar, not fat, that is making us fat, diabetic and lazy. It rang a […]

May 13, 2013 Continue Reading
Craig Sams

Only organic can rescue our dried out planet

Water trumps everything. Water is food. But the worldwide well is running dry. Only organic can rescue our desiccated planet, says Craig Sams In March I attended the City Food Lecture at Guildhall. This is a glitzy event where the City livery companies (Fruiterers, Grocers, Poulterers, Butchers, Fishmongers) lay on a lecture and discussion and […]

March 22, 2013 Continue Reading

Serious about sustainability, having fun along the way

Dr Julia Wright reports from the recent Biofach event on why organic organisations make good partners for those serious about sustainability. As mainstream agriculture in Europe stumbles along from one obstacle and challenge to another – currently scratching its head over flooding, horsemeat, and the relentless but unconsummated drive to increase profit, the organic movement […]

March 10, 2013 Continue Reading
Craig Sams

No place to hide

The internet is the most powerful tool for transparency ever invented. There literally is no place to hide for the perpetrators of food scandals, writes Craig Sams. Oh, dear, another scandal from the meat industry. We’ve barely put away the sickbags from the ‘pink slime’ revelations before we get another nauseating example of how little […]

March 2, 2013 Continue Reading
Craig Sams

Civilising influences

The ancient Mayan civilisation collapsed over a thousand years ago, but its people lived on and are now part of a new ‘civilisation’ – of how business is done, writes Craig Sams (more…)

January 17, 2013 Continue Reading