Life in the Slow Food Lane

Life in the Slow Food Lane

Where does our food come from? How do we eat locally? What foods are best for the environment? RICHARD CORNISH ponders.

Cattle in feedlot

The beef secret they didn't want you to know

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Supermarkets and the beef industry don't want you to know they use hormones

Australian Garlic

Is your garlic irradiated?

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A sneak peek of a Chinese document showed facilities for irradiating garlic. We show you how to spot Chinese garlic and how to find the local stuff.

Urban Garden

City peasants living off surburban land

Thursday, 4 December 2008

People from rural immigrant backgrounds often have diverse skills that allow them to grow food on the average suburban block

farmer in a field

Embracing farmers

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The phenomena of losing farmland to cities is happening across the nation. As our cities expand, our farming land disappears because it is more valuable for housing, industry or hobby farming.


Peasant aspirations

Friday, 14 November 2008

There is a rural idyll that sits behind a lot of the green idealism: back to basics; the past was better; live simply from the land.


Collecting mushrooms

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

When we were growing up, my sister and I collected thousands of mushrooms that we sold by the roadside. Year after year, we returned and each time it seemed there were fewer and fewer mushrooms.

parliament house

Does the government hate organics?

Friday, 24 October 2008

I don't think the government gets organic. They control the amount of chemicals allowed in food, the labeling of GM foods, and the recall of foods. But they don't support organics.

glass eels

Where are all the baby eels?

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

I was in the north of country trying to find someone who was selling anguilas, or baby eels. You're too late," said the man in the San Sebastian market. They've all been eaten!"

Fruit market

How do you know when food is in season?

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I am not one to normally eavesdrop into other peoples' conversations but I did hear something that disturbed me.


Why write about food?

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

A few years back I was afflicted by a crisis of confidence. Why should I spend my life writing about food? Unfortunately, for many years food writing had been about restaurant reviews and new books from celebrity chefs.

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