I’m still not sure what an “eco foodie” is, exactly, but since the Observer Food Monthly has just compiled a list of the top 40 British eco foodies—chosen by a panel of presumably eco foodie experts—I now know that there sure are a lot of them. The mangy, indefatigable Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (an Observer contributor) takes the top spot, beating out the Fairtrade Foundation and the Prince of Wales, described as “eco-royalty.” (Me, I’m eco plebeian.) In fairness, the Prince’s campaign for mutton really is extraordinary: It’s hard to think of a less glamorous cause.
There are a lot of interesting folks—fine, eco folks—whom you never hear about on this side of the Atlantic. That includes Tim Lang, the academic who came up with the term food miles, and Andrew Whitely, a former BBC producer who founded a wood-burning bakery back in the 1970s and published a book, Bread Matters, in 2006 that’s a “polemic about the pitiful state of British baking.” Also, Arthur Potts Dawson, the chef of London’s Acorn House Restaurant, which produces only one bag of trash per service. Next month he’s opening a restaurant with composting toilets. No word on how his food tastes.