My latest review is up at the Ecologist: this time, it’s The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95. It’s an impressive and accessible academic volume which splendidly does exactly what it says on the tin, and demonstrates how the organic food movement was not some bunch of hippy nonsense, but a thorough, practical scientific vision.
“The post-war era has seen sweeping changes in agriculture. The last half century has seen big commercial enterprises dominate the landscape and political process. Fertiliser companies became core to ‘good’ government policy for farming, marked by a move that possessed all the gusto of a modern biotech giant: ‘the appointment of ICI’s agricultural advisor Sir William Gavin as a chief agricultural advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries early in the war was clearly a crucial moment in that process.'”