Reconnecting with Food

Reconnecting with Food with Satish Kumar – The Annual Stewardship Lecture, is on Thursday 30 October 2008 at the House of Falkland, Falkland, Fife from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Tickets and more details are available here.

The Centre for Stewardship (organisers of the Big Tent Festival) have announced their Annual Stewardship Lecture which this year is by Satish Kumar on the subject of ‘Reconnecting with Food’.
Satish has been the editor of Resurgence magazine for the last thirty years and is Programme Director at Schumacher College, Devon, a centre of ecological and spiritual values. In this time of climate change, economic uncertainty and growing disparities between the rich and poor, Satish asks:

“Are we prepared to put our hands in the soil? Have we time to bake bread and share our meals together? If we have no time to cook and eat properly then we have no time to live. By focusing on food in we connect the personal with the political and the intimate with the ultimate.”

The evening will include a Fife Diet supper cooked by award-winning local chef Christopher Trotter, and served with organic wine. There will be a talk by Satish and an opportunity for questions and discussion. This event also presents an opportunity to see inside the House of Falkland, which was redesigned by Robert Weir Schultz in the Arts & Crafts style.

Resurgence magazine has been a pioneer of the ecology movement for the last quarter century. Satish is known for his Gandhian philosophy as well as his teaching, activism and writing. His autobiography, No Destination, was first published in 1978.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and hear one of the foremost thinkers of our time, for whom food is the critical barometer of our planets ill-health:

“The primary objective of those who deal in the business of food is to make money and feeding people has become secondary. No wonder that we face multiple crises such as rising costs of food, an obesity epidemic, malnutrition and world hunger. An urgent challenge facing us all is to look at the first principal of food systems which is to sustain life. The primary responsibility of governments and business leaders is to develop policies and practices which can meet the food needs of all people around the world, while at the same time, protecting the integrity and sustainability of the earth itself.”

You can read more about Satish here

2 Comments
  • fifediet October 20, 2008 at 09:39

    Hi Sue, sorry that may have been confusing. You’re right you have to at the moment choose between organic or local fruit wines, like Cairn O Mohr from Perthshire, see here: http://www.cairnomohr.com/

    Monimal in Fife used to make wine but I don’t know of anyone doing it here now. There is: Pennard Organics in England that makes wine and cider from their own non-imported fruit, see here: http://www.pennardorganicwines.co.uk/

    If you got to Vintage Roots and click on the pull down menu by country (left hand side of the page) you can choose from a lit of organic UK based drinks available. You can choose Scotland and England separately, drinks include whisky, wine, beer, cider, mead and more.

    I think some of the wines being made in the UK are getting better and better. I’d choose what’s best for the occasion, and what’s affordable, much of its too expensive. Scotland does produce some great organic beers, none better than Black isle Brewery, see here: http://www.blackislebrewery.com/beer.asp

    Mike

  • Sue October 16, 2008 at 08:58

    Organic wine – from Scotland? Or even the UK?
    Please tell me more – I would love to be able to buy local(ish) organic wine.

    (At the moment I have the dilemma of choosing local fruit wine, or French organic wine – do I priotitize my health or the food miles?)