I'm already half-awake when the soft ping of my alarm nudges me to get out of bed. It's four o'clock and there's a ninety minute drive to the farm, so I need to get going. I quickly pull on some old clothes and head out into the dark, frosty morning.
When herbicide-tolerant crops were first introduced the promise was that they would mean less herbicide use and so have less environmental impact and lower cost to the farmer for weed control. But herbicide use is back to where it had been before GM crops were introduced.
'When we were children', he explains, 'we listened to our parents read us a story about animals, we smiled and giggled, we mimicked the noises the animals made, we wanted to play with them.. not have someone shove a knife in their throat and cut them up into pieces'.
There are three principle reasons why I was one of those Members to ask a House of Commons business scheduling committee for a debate on the proposed badger cull and why spoke and voted against a cull in the debate I secured on the floor of the House last Thursday.
National Farmers' Union and the majority of farmers - but not all - may believe that badger culls will do the trick, and a lot of politicians want to keep the farmers onside. And it will probably pay electoral dividends for a while. But longer term this 'solution' is could even make things worse...
You would be startled if a supermarket tried to charge more than the sticker price at the till and shocked if they took extra money from your credit card several days after you went shopping. Supermarket suppliers, on the other hand, face these practices every day.
Slow Food might still get a bad press and it does come in for its fair share of criticism but it I think it will eventually surprise its critics when they see the changes that have taken place throughout the whole organisation.