Mark McKellier
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Mark McKellier

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Hawarden Honey
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Discovering New Food, Locavore, Making Friends, Networking, Organic Foods
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Always have a plan Bee
Although my day job is a graphic designer my hobby is beekeeping.
I currently have 6 hives and hope to expand in the future.

I'm a vegetarian who eats fish. I'm the cook in my house and I try and grow most of the vegetables and fruit we eat too, I try and live ethically, so you'll find me sourcing food locally, recycling everything and using renewable energy where I can. I'm big on corporate responsibility too.

I'm a big reader (about a book a week) and have a huge eclectic collection of music.
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White House Garden to Feature Bee Hives Too

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 8:17am 0 Comments


First Family Joins Bee Keeping Trend

I went to pick up my bee hives this weekend - and the supplier looked exhausted. He was out of veils, smokers, hive stands and even bees. It seems many people are rallying around our favorite pollinators in their time of need - after all, rumors of the return of Colony Collapse Disorder are rife. Now the bees have a new and powerful… Continue

Artificial Sweeteners: They're Enough to Give Some People a Headache

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 2:56am 2 Comments

From The Washington Post

By Jennifer Huget

I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I don't care for the way they taste, and one variety in particular gives me headaches. So imagine my dismay when I recently shopped for my favorite chewing gum and found its tiny but satisfying amount of real sugar had been replaced with aspartame, one of the leading fake sweeteners on the… Continue

UK Gov stumps £4.3m bee health funding

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 5:40am 0 Comments

From The Register

The environment secretary Hilary Benn today announced an extra £4.3m "to safeguard and undertake more research into the health of bees".

The Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (Defra) explains: "Over the last two years Britain's bee colonies have suffered significant losses due… Continue

How eco is a Christmas Tree?

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 6:53am 2 Comments

From The Guardian

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

In these eco-aware times, what sort of Christmas tree can be justified?

Leo Hickman has the answer

It's at this point each December where I begin to feel as if I'm being haunted by the ghost of Christmas dilemmas past. Every year most of us go through the ritual of… Continue

Wagamama gives customers tipping information on menus

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 5:09am 0 Comments


(old news but relevant after previous post about tipping)

Fast growing Japanese noodle chain Wagamama is to include information about its tipping policy on menus over fears customers will stop rewarding staff.

Wagamama, which has 59 UK outlets and 33 international sites, said it was planning action because it… Continue

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At 5:02pm on November 20, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
You are always so kind, thank you Mark! Always good to hear from you too.
~ Judy
At 2:22pm on August 20, 2008, Geoff Dale said…
Thanks Mark - Brits a bit thin on the ground here then are we? I'm sure we'll catch on soon!
At 8:42am on August 7, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
Mark, those are the coolest pictures. I let Alan know you're a judge. He should be contacting you and the two others to make sure everyone is on board. Thank you again!! YOur participation is a double whammy since youre in the UK. Talk soon
At 7:55am on March 25, 2008, Matt Urdan said…

That ninja video you embedded on my page is awesome! And yeah, those are the toys I was talking about!

Have an awesome Tuesday!
At 6:42am on March 20, 2008, Matt Urdan said…
Thanks Mark! I can't wait for my kit of new Ninja Toys to be delivered and the Ninja Training on how to use them. ;-)

Have an awesome day!
At 5:31pm on March 10, 2008, Adam R. Cox said…
I really love your writings and stance on being green, lowering the carbon footprint. I think that Americans really need to limit on what they do, their intake, output and just think about what they do. It is very hard and sometimes cost prohibitive to do what they want. However, it really starts with the mindset and then cutting out one thing at a time. Then like a snowball, it grows and grows as you keep going.

Could be just as easy as taking a bike ride to the market or doing all your shopping on one day for your food.

Take care and thanks for the posts and joining the Amanda group!
At 6:42am on March 4, 2008, Matt Urdan said…
Thanks for the Garlic suggestion, Mark. I'm all over it. Anything to prevent another night like last night. Thanks buddy!
At 8:53am on January 13, 2008, Cooking Up A Story said…
Thanks for watching the video, Mark. You know I have more coming!
Is there a '' type of website that serves the European community? I would like to add it as a resource on my website, if there is. Thanks!
At 5:50am on January 10, 2008, Mark McKellier said…
Hi Ian

Valid point - but the cycle has to be broken somewhere in the chain to start the process off.

Farmers might import fertilizers from a long distance and so increase the carbon footprint of the farmers produce, but if the farmer has local market demand, rather than sending his product another long distance, then it's a start in the right direction.

We ALL have to change the way we do business, nothing will ever be achieved if everyone in the chain 'blames' each other with reasons like "well if they don't, why should we?", "we're only responding to demand" etc.
At 4:03am on January 10, 2008, ian kaplan said…
If I may comment about the discussion between yourself and Christopher, I think you are both right IF the entire supply chain is taken into account in doing the carbon footprint analysis.

At first glance it would seem that you are right, but what if a local supplier is not reducing the carbon footprint of the inputs used to create the product but a supplier further away is - then which is the right path?

Often it's not easy to determine the product's carbon footprint when we start looking at the entire chain of events involved in its "production" and delivery due to inadequate transparency or lack of data. So in an era of limited resources, should organizations looking to affect change push for greater transparency regarding the product's carbon footprint along its entire production chain lifetime ("cradle-to-grave"), or simply focus on achieving a more immediate solution through carbon offset projects and the such?




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