Category Archives: food miles

The Real Gardeners’ World

As the new series of Gardeners’ World takes dumbing down to new heights, the most alarming casualty of the rush for ratings is the world around us.  By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, June 2009. Tempting though … Continue reading

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How Many Beans in a Butt?

What can you do to stop life-giving supplies of water in distant lands from drying up? Grow your own food, of course. By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, April 2009. Now, here’s a question: how many full … Continue reading

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How Many Apples?

Becoming ‘food secure’ and curtailing climate change by growing our own makes a great sound bite, but where is the evidence to back it up? By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, March 2009. An apple a day … Continue reading

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We Shop, Planet Drops

Prudent use of natural resources is at the core of gardening organically, so why is the nation’s head gardener urging us to shop? By John Walker. Published in Organic Garden & Home, January 2009. It’s time to grab your wallets … Continue reading

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Friends With the Earth?

To cut carbon emissions and help stabilise our climate, gardeners must see gardening as a force for environmental good. We should start by turning lawns into food gardens. By John Walker. Published in The Garden, November 2008. When it comes to … Continue reading

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Hearts and Trowels

Is mismatched leadership and a lack of joined-up campaigning hindering attempts to rouse the nation’s gardeners to grow ultra-local, organic and truly sustainable food? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, November 2008. Despite my lousy maths, I’ve been doing … Continue reading

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Plots for a Future

I’m spending two days a week growing my own food – and being paid to do it. It’s all part of the Home Growing Act. And, by the way, it’s 2027. Read on… By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, … Continue reading

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Just a Bit of Veg?

Our gardens can tick most of the boxes needed to achieve the much-vaunted ‘low carbon’ life. I explain how my own patch is at the heart of my plan for lighter living. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, September … Continue reading

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Relative Merits

As organic gardeners, we need to challenge attempts to use the growing criticism of organic farming to tarnish our impeccable credentials.  By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, May 2007. Organic gardening has a problem, and it’s called organic farming. … Continue reading

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Dear President…

In an open letter to the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, I ask if 2007 will be the year that Britain’s leading gardening organisation finally wakes up to the realities of global warming. By John Walker. Published in Organic … Continue reading

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