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it is with a degree of knowingness that a column about how to be modern should kick off with an object so closely related to the ancient acts of tilling the land, sowing the seed and reaping the harvest. There is, it must be said, an almost biblical simplicity to the idea of the organic vegetable box. Not that it is the likes of us actually doing any of that tilling, sowing and reaping, you understand. That would involve being outdoors in all weathers, putting unnecessary strain on our tender back muscles and the accumulation of dirt under our immaculate fingernails.

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The Armstrong & Miller Show Live, Hippodrome, Bristol

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Judge bans fast food outlet near school

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Solskjaer offers insight to Rooney's form

Wayne Rooney is scoring goals through sheer instinct, according to former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The barriers between us and healthy eating

The Food Standards Agency’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) published yesterday shows that we’re eating less salt, saturated fat and sugar and more people are eating their five a day, but there is a lot to be done before most people meet dietary goals.

Leading article: Fruitless

Better suck in that stomach, because according to a new report by the Food Standards Agency, 10 years of government healthy eating campaigns have had depressingly little effect on what we eat. It turns out that our diets are more or less as unhealthy as they were a decade ago.

Nurseries feeding children on junk food that costs 25p a meal

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Cycling: Pendleton uses her loaf

Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton is encouraging kids to get cycling as the new face of Hovis bread.

Organic food group names new CEO

The managing director of Abel & Cole has left the private equity-backed organic food home delivery specialist, which said that recent trading had been "difficult".

Whole Foods makes £36m loss in Britain

The British arm of Whole Foods Market made a £35.9m loss last year, laying bare the scale of the challenge it faces to establish itself on these shores.

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