I was looking out the window this morning, drinking my coffee, and my attention was drawn, as it usually is, to the buddleia bush. When I was growing up, buddleia bushes would be alive with all sorts of butterflies. This one, by comparison, like others I’ve seen in the last few years, is relatively naked.
I’ve just finished reading Bad Food Britain by Joanna Blythman. I whizzed through it in just over a day, because it’s compelling reading. She talks about how our food culture has been eaten away (sorry, unintentional pun – ‘eroded’ if you prefer) by processed food manufacturers and supermarkets, and that the correlative effect of this, as well as a lack of food education in schools (apart from teaching them how to process the sort of junk you find in supermarkets) is that Britain is getting fatter and more malnourished by the year.