Not everyone knows who Guy Watson is but for those who are into organic food, he is considered a guru. Guy Watson is the founder of Riverford Organic Vegetables, which is based in South Devon. He began his activities way back in 1985, when organic food was not that much of a hit yet. What he did was put his produce in boxes and delivered them to shops and homes. From those humble beginnings, Guy Watson has gone a long way.
So what is his philosophy with regard to food? In an interview with the Times Online, he shares:
Eat good quality food, prepared with love and grown not too far away.
People have got so far removed from their food and how it is grown. They have lost confidence in their own judgment and are easy prey to advertising promoting processed, sugar, salt and fat laden crap. Add to this the progressive loss of kitchen skills over the last two generations and we are in trouble.
And his views on traditional British cuisine?
I regret the obsession with the exotic and abandonment of culinary traditions that dominated the 40 years following food rationing. Things are getting better now.
Behind closed doors we have a growing army of fantastic home cooks. We have some of the world’s best, most knowledgeable and cosmopolitan cooks feeding their families wonderful meals day in day out. I suspect most of them seldom watch a cookery programme because they are too busy cooking.
Indeed, if we want to preserve and promote our traditions, we should follow Guy Watson’s example.