It was a foolish King who didn’t pay attention to his Barons when they pleaded their cause at his court. Take evil King John for instance. He ignored his Barons and faced revolt and the humiliation of being forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.

You might well argue that in the long run it was a good thing with the ‘Great Charter’ signposting and underpinning the world’s great democracies centuries later.

Perhaps so but be under no illusion 800 years later little has fundamentally changed. A much more sophisticated system of Kings and Barons exists today.

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Buttery, creamy, with a hint of earthy nuttiness, Ossau Iraty is a traditional Basque cheese. It's an AOC protected status. Protected status is a practice that is critical to small communities, regions, and traditional means of producing food. 

I stumbled across a wedge of Ossau Iraty quite by accident and am completely smitten. It is delicious! I must confess, sheep’s cheese is beginning to hedge to the top of my favorites list. This particular cheese originates in the Pyrenees and is the only cheese from the Pyrenees with a controlled designation of origin, the AOC. The AOC, is a French designation recognizing that legally any cheese using the name Ossau Iraty must comply with the designated criteria and come from the designated area.

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If you’ve been paying attention in the marketplace, you may have noticed food labels like Heirloom or Heritage in your produce section and at the meat counter. It might be tempting to discount these labels as yet one more trendy fad but don’t do it.The term “heritage” in the food marketplace typically refers to animals and meat products. Preserving heritage breeds not only provides variety in the marketplace but also generates diversity and variety in the animals which as indicator of health.

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Dark Chocolate, sea salt, ooey gooey caramel innards, locally produced, small batch...I never miss a chance to get my hands on a Welsh NomNom bar when the opportunity arises.So, imagine my absolute delight when the opportunity arose as I wandered through the Hey Deli in Hay on Wye, Wales. Now imagine, if at all possible, and even larger delight as I perused the label of my delicious, small batch, NomNom chocolate bar and found a PDO designation on the Anglesey sea salt! Hooray Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt!

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The Problem of Packaging - Try this simple packaging test. Go to your local farmers market, buy some vegetables then watch the trader pop them into a brown paper bag. There’s something reassuring about seeing it flipped over to seal the pack with a twist.

Next stroll into your nearest supermarket and try to buy anything, really anything, that isn’t pre-wrapped in plastic. Even the bags provided for the limited selection of un-pre-packed veg will be a form of plastic.

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Bohemian Mojo’s FoodFight column occasionally points the finger at biotech agri-giant Monsanto but today, pardon the pun, we’re DuPonting the finger at DuPont.

The DuPont corporation is the largest seed producing company in the world and by many accounts it’s as slippery as one of its other major, manufactured, products Teflon.

Like its rival Monsanto (more of their ‘rivalry’ later) it spends huge tranches of cash to push its agenda and that’s to exercise corporate control over the food we eat.

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