Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food.
Rosie is a writer and broadcaster. She founded Spare Rib, a feminist magazine, in her early 20s and was the UK’s first female editor of a British daily newspaper, the Independent on Sunday. Rosie was editor of the Daily Express. She has also been editor of Esquire and the Independent. She owns a smallholding in Somerset and has written a book about her experiences on this farm, ‘Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes – a year in the life of ourfarm’.
She developed Capital Growth which was launched in 2008 by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to boost “grow your own” by creating 2,012 community food growing spaces by 2012. The scheme, managed by London Food Link, now has hundreds of spaces being cultivated in a diverse range of places including canal banks, schools, roofs, private gardens open to the community and parks. The programme was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Commendation last year for its success in getting communities growing and has launched a competition to encourage primary age pupils to grow food in their school grounds. Other projects include Good Food on a Public Plate designed to help public sector organisations to maximise the quality of the food they buy and serve to a myriad of workers in the capital.
She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing the carbon emissions, which cause climate change.