Organic Food & Russia’s Little Known Fact

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

Oliver's Wholefoods at #wakeuptoorganic
I want to take you on a journey east, into Europe, parting the tulip fields of Holland, via the Bundesbank of Germany, around the Masurian lakes of Poland and through the plains of Belarus, which serve as the European gateway to the world's largest country. Almost 50% bigger than it's nearest contender, it spans nine time zones, comprising both bustling cities and desolate isolation, extreme weather and lush farmland. It is the birthplace of the great author Fyodr Dostoevsky and home to the Kremlin, the chair of Vladimir Putin.

Yes, Russia.

Now, Russia may seem an unlikely place to start talking about organic food, due to it's infamy for vodka, potatoes and caviar. But this gargantuan state holds an interesting position which sets it apart from much of the developed world, and makes it a good place to start this piece.
Not Organic.
But first, I want to... come and read more...

Open Farm Sunday 2017 – JC Farm, Little Kingshill

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

Open Farm Sunday sheep
Animals make people happy, it's a proven fact of life. People who have dogs are proven to be healthier, happier people. In America, a care home introduced cats, dogs and 100 birds for the elderly residents to look after and it possibly saved some of their lives. A man who had given up on life was drawn back into the world by a pair of parakeets. Animals are also a cornerstone of the food system, helping to provide eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, meat, leather and lots more besides, something the little people of the world need to learn if they're going to understand where their food comes from in the future.
Scape Goat.
A few months ago I saw an advert on Twitter for Open Farm Sunday, an annual event run by LEAF, when farms around the country open their doors to the public, to meet the furry, fluffy... come and read more...

Food Photography Lightroom Tutorial and Sourdough Cheese Toastie

Gavin WrenFood Education, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps, The World of Food

Here's a food photography lightroom tutorial along with how to make the perfect sourdough cheese toastie with homemade red onion chutney.
Today's post is a bumper double edition where I'm giving you quick food photography lightroom tutorial demonstrating how to select images, colour adjust them and edit them, alongside a lovely simple recipe for a sourdough cheese toastie with my own lovely, homemade red onion chutney.

I'm going to keep it short today and let the video do all the talking. But first, here are the images before and after Lightroom, you'll find the video below them... come and read more...

Weight Loss Secrets – Why Diets Don’t Work

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

weight loss secrets why diets don't work
"I'm going on a diet"

Really? (yawn) Again?

We've all been there. And we've all heard it before.

Diets Don't Work.
Eating too much food is a big global issue. The amount of diet-related illness in the world due to over consumption is increasing massively and the UK is charging ahead with this.

63.4% of the UK population is overweight or obese. Sixty three point four percent. That's a lot.

Almost no-one decides to become overweight or obese. I doubt that many people in the world start each day by planning to extend their burgeoning waistline, or become giddy with excitement about a shopping trip to buy trousers with an extra 2 inches on the waistline.

Despite this upward trend in body size, dieting and wellness is a national obsession. Millions of people bow at the alter of the latest weight loss... come and read more...

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

21 things about eggs lots of organic eggs
Eggs, beautiful eggs. We love eating them, we buy billions of them every year and all have an opinion on the best way to cook them. I’ve recently become an egg-spert on these fascinating storecupboard staples, having spent a few months researching far and wide into how the UK egg market operates on my Food Policy MSc course.

To celebrate the beautiful occasion of submitting this year’s final coursework, I want to share 21 things I discovered whilst writing my research. If you want to know more, just get in touch, there’s about 1001 things I know about eggs now.
21 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs
1. The UK consumed nearly 12 billion eggs in 2014 and that’s increasing. 2. That’s 185 per person, per year. 3. In the 1960s, it was 250 per person, per year, but that figure slumped by the eighties. 4. 85% of UK egg consumption is produced

What Free Range Means and Little Blue Stickers

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

Free Range Eggs Box with little blue barn raised stickers
Have you seen those little blue stickers on the packs of eggs recently? The ones telling you that hens have been temporarily housed in barns? It's because there's been a bout of Avian Influenza (AI), a disease that's bad news for the chicken population of the UK so they're all being kept indoors to prevent it spreading and these stickers are part of that process. A few weeks ago somebody on Twitter was questioning whether it's right to carry on buying these eggs, if the hens are no longer free range. It's a good question, and not a very easy one to answer. I also realised that many people might not know the difference between barn eggs and free range eggs, so I've written this post to spill the beans on how the 35 million UK laying hens spend their lives. After reading this, you can make a decision on