David McKenzie

Freelance food writer and farmhand

I am interested in what people eat, ate, and will eat. Including myself.

As a roaming freelance writer, my interests are primarily in food. How it's produced, how it's consumed, and how it's percieved.

The connection between how we create and share our food is fundamental, but varied, across different continents and cultures.

I have been exploring this idea around the world for the past five years.

Recent articles

Lab-made Meat is Here: Are We Going to Eat It?

Contemporary Food Lab

Two companies have claimed that their lab-made meat products will be on supermarket shelves by the end of the year. Whether you like the idea or not, meat made by scientists through cellular agriculture is here. So will it save the world? Or will it be a failed fad?

Keeping the Sustainable Seafood Conversation Going

Slow Food International

The Slow Fish Melbourne Festival sprung up largely in response to one particular event and its consequences. But 5 years later, the festival has grown into a crucial platform for airing concerns and confronting the many problems surrounding Australian fisheries.

Tinker, Teacher, Soldier, SRI: The Farmer Pioneering Malaysia’s Organic Future

Slow Food International

It is the only certified organic rice farm in Malaysia. But the man who started it hopes that this will not be the case for long.

White is the Warmest Colour: Reflections on Our Complicated Love Affair With Refined Flour

Contemporary Food Lab

It's no secret that we have fallen out of love with white flour. But getting a divorce now, after 150 years together, is a lot harder than we think.

Tushuri Guda: Better Times Ahead for One of Georgia's Oldest, Most Abused Cheeses?

Slow Food International

Small-scale cheesemakers in Georgia have had a hard time competing with big dairy. But one special cheese is managing to fight back.

Saving Seeds for the Future: More Than a Doomsday Hypothesis

Contemporary Food Lab

Not all seed banks are vaults to be called upon only in the case of catastrophe. Many are living, active projects rooted in the here and now. Here are a few examples.


David is a very creative and engaged writer. He has a strong passion and deep knowledge regarding food, and a knack for finding a unique perspective when writing about it.
Theresa Patzschke, Contemporary Food Lab

David is a writer who we have come to rely upon in the Slow Food International communications office for excellent, thoughtful articles collected during his travels around the world.
Giles Robinson, Slow Food International

I would recommend David for his determination and the joy he has for his work. His writing skills are impressive, and he is able to catch the reader's attention with his simple but attractive writing style.
Valentina Gritti, Slow Food Youth Network

We would highly recommend David to anyone wanting organic, factually accurate content, written with a huge amount of fresh energy and attitude, and always hitting all the key points.
Shane McKay, Pelorus Eco Adventures

David possesses comprehensive, multi-faceted knowledge spanning beyond the mainstream, which he is able to apply confidently and expertly in practical circumstances. He continually impressed us in terms of quality and quantity, and he showed an extremely high level of reliability.
Philip Heather, Quandoo