journalist, author and campaigner
“Multicultural Britain is the perfect backdrop for a vibrant and diverse street food scene. Now that street food has established itself as a burgeoning national trend we need to ensure that it can support local efforts around regeneration and sustaibility as well as those independent chefs who are driving food innovation. StreetCube provides bespoke, secure, affordable – and funky – premises plus a unique support network of sustainable, local and organic sourcing options for businesses whose customers are increasingly demanding better provenance from even the simplest meals.”
A former editor of the Ecologist magazine Pat has run campaigns for Paul McCartney’s Meat-Free Monday, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Neal’s Yard Remedies. In 2011, her work leading the campaign, Cows Belong in Fields, won CIWF the Observer Ethical Award for Campaigner of the Year. In 2014 she co-founded the campaigning group, Beyond GM with an aim of moving the discussion around food away from short-term technofixes and into the more productive territory of agroecology. Pat is a qualified psychotherapist. She is also the author more than 40 books for adults and children and was inducted into Who’s Who in 2014.
In addition to her writing and campaigning work, Pat works occasionally with the film production company Ecostorm on environmental film investigations. She also currently edits and oversees Natural Health News – a campaigning natural health website, continues to write in a freelance capacity and makes regular public speaking and media appearances. She has been a trustee of both the Soil Association and the Organic Research Centre in the UK as well as the investigative media agency, Eyewitness. She is a supporting member of the Sustainable Food Systems Interest Group at the European Parliament and is currently on the advisory board of GMO Free USA.