purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (GreenMan)
http://www.sustainweb.org/news.php?id=214

'This June as part of London Festival of Architecture 2008, City Hall will host a conference to tackle one of the biggest issues we will face in the coming years: Where will London get its food from? ...

'Ben Reynolds, from organisers London Food Link,[2] believes the timing is crucial: "Set against rising food prices and increasing pressures to tackle climate change, London seriously needs to consider putting aside more space for growing food. Not only will this help future-proof against food shortages and preserve the capital’s open space, but it will also educate and improve the health of Londoners and reduce the distance that London’s food has travelled*." ...'

I think that a fundamental motiviation for projects like this is the 'future-proofing' aspect. In uncertain times, you need Plans B, C and D to ensure the population aren't going to go short of food.

* Recent research (Weber and Matthews) in the USA suggests that the final journey to our plates accounts for about 10% of the climate impact of food (although more for air-freight). The climate change impacts of animal farming account for over 50% of the carbon footprint of the typical British diet.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
It looks like the only time when D will be around for me to visit in London, and G can be around for the cats, in the next very-long is next weekend. So I'm planning to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, and leave on Monday morning. I don't think D's able to take time off per se, but I can't see long hours being slogged :-) We'll be doing quite a lot of lazing around, and a bit of walking otherwise. Suggestions to meet up socially will definitely be considered - quiet, low-smoke drinks, good (ideally local/organic :-) food, and relatives of my cats are all attractive :-)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
It appears that I will be in London next Thu 5 and Fri 6 Jan 2006. Planning to come down Marylebone Thu am, take in the January Tun; then speciality shopping Fri am, and do Borough Market when it opens at 12:00.

Hope to see some of you!

In other news, our sodding drain was blocked again. But G rawks like a rawking thang, and has it cleared. Yay, G!!!!!! *hands over large box of chocolates*
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