Yeeha! Round-up! Visions of lean, tanned cowboys cutting through the dust, driving a herd of steers to the rail-head are conjured by the word. Maybe that was the clean-cut image the marketing team working for Monsanto were hoping to achieve when they called their potent weed-killer Roundup.

Well, if they did, it worked because Roundup has become the world’s most widely used herbicide. It’s a globally recognised name and the foundation brand underpinning the biotech empire’s $16 billion worth of annual sales.

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Stilton is a protected designation of origin cheese and in order to be called Stilton must be from one of three counties; either Derbyshire, Leicestershire, or Nottinghamshire in the U.K. Sharp and pungent with a creamy earthiness; stilton cheese is traditionally enjoyed with a nice glass of port. Tonight’s cheese is actually accompanying dinner so no port is on the scene, although a nice glass of shiraz seems to be holding its own with the strong stilton flavors.

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It seems appropriate to start the year off with a conversation about one of the biggest food concerns on the proverbial table.The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the works since last year with discussions occurring under the radar and away from any chance for an open forum of thoughts and ideas.While the TTIP agreement has many facets, the one that is of most concern to Bohemian Mojo (and hopefully to every individual) is the call for a “regulatory convergence” where food production is concerned. If this agreement goes through unchallenged it will be potentially devastating to sustainable and heritage food all across the EU and US.

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Bohemian Mojo has been following the nightmare unfolding in our fields, pastures and orchards with the terrifying collapse of the honeybee population.

Like others we’ve watched it happening with a sense of despair and disbelief. How could mankind do this we ask ourselves? We realize the implications this collapse holds for the human food chain will be dramatic. After all around a third of our fruits, vegetables and cereals depend on bees for fertilization. A third is a lot; a hell of a lot. But here we are again.

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We warned Food Fight would be returning to the vexed subject of sugar in food but the fast changing situation in the UK means we’re revisiting it sooner than expected.

Within a couple of days of our last dispatch from the sugar bowl more initiatives hit the headlines. The big shock we reported was the decision by UK supermarkets to back laws intended to half the amount of sugar contained in the food they sell.

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Food fight turns its attention to the Agri-Chem and seed giant Monsanto once again. It’s not another passage in the continuing controversy over their top seller glyphosate this time; although California has ordered that to be labelled carcinogenic.

No, it’s another powerful herbicide produced by Monsanto and a couple of other companies like German leviathan BASF that’s been branded a villain this time. It’s called dicamba. This month two US states, Missouri and Arkansas, have banned dicamba after a mass of complaints about a problem called drift. Nice word drift, it conjures up visions of floating down a river on a dinghy or drifts of wild flowers in a mountain meadow.
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