Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Botanic gardens

Farming or Gardening? What’s the Difference?

On Sunday 16th April, the Austin American-Statesman, our local paper, featured a story on an ex-banker who has converted “what was once grass into farmland,” describing how on half an acre (half a football field) she has grown 195 types… Continue Reading →

What’s In and What’s Out? Luxury Plant Foods in the Twentieth Century

Fashion in plant foods? ¬†Well, yes. Spices become humdrum, kale rockets from cattle feed to pampered darling of the vegetable cooler in the supermarket. A month or two ago Stephen Forbes, Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia in… Continue Reading →

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