This page lists and where possible links to the main research and publications in roughly chronological order (latest first) that we’ve produced either on the basis of our work at Vallis Veg or just generally. All publications are authored by Chris Smaje unless otherwise stated.
Underlying data for my post ‘Of agricultural efficiency: the Vallis Veg mowing trial‘ available here.
‘The dearth of grass: cereals, civilisation and colonialism’ The Land (2015) Issue 18, pp.34-7. See discussion here.
‘The strong perennial vision: a critical review’ Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39, 5: 471-99 (2015).
‘Three stories, many variables: the case of small farm productivity’ Statistics Views 2015.
‘Genetically modified crops: science, sociology and statistics’. Statistics Views 2014.
‘Kings and commoners: agroecology meets consumer culture’ Journal of Consumer Culture 14, 3: 365-83 (2014).
‘Farming past, farming future‘ Dark Mountain 6 (2014), pp.65-74.
The permalogues: Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg on food, farming, and the Book of Genesis (Interview, September 2014).
‘From small seeds’ Red Pepper (Jun/Jul 2014) Issue 196, pp.8-9.
‘Peasants, food sovereignty and the Landworkers’ Alliance’ The Land, Issue 15, Winter 2013/14 pp.29-31.
‘Global hunger: three Christmas ghost stories’ Statistics Views 2013.
‘Social statistics, counterfactuals and the green revolution’ Statistics Views 2013.
‘The great quinoa debate’ Statistics Views 2013.
‘Can organic farming feed the world’ Statistics Views 2013.
The Vallis Veg Small Scale Horticultural Trial Proposal is a grand-sounding title for a small bit of amateur research I’m proposing to undertake from 2013 onwards. Comments welcome on the relevant post or on this page.
‘Agro-ecology – securing sustainable futures?’ Paper presented to the Royal Geographical Society Conference, Edinburgh 4 July 2012.
‘Ruminations of a tree fetishist,’The Land Issue 12 (Summer 2012), p.64.
Notes on Forming A Potato Co-op in Frome looks at the energy balance, labour inputs and costs of various methods and scales of potato production as a background to considering forming a local potato growing co-operative. The data underlying this report can be found in this accompanying Excel Spreadsheet.
‘City capitalists or agrarian peasants: where does the future lie?’ Campaign For Real Farming (October, 2011)
‘The ungreen city, or the polluting countryside?’ Significance: Statistics Making Sense Volume 8, Issue 2, (June, 2011).
Smaje, C. and Rowlatt, C. ‘Key policies for agroecology in the UK’ All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology Briefing Paper, February 2011. Available here.