Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them

Author:   Tim Lang
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
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9780241442227


Pages:   608
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Format:   Hardback
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Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them


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The British were once famous worldwide for being uninterested in food and our food being brown. This is no longer the case. UK food has changed remarkably in the last half century. Our food has Europeanized (pizza is children's favourite food) and internationalized (we eat the world's cuisines), yet the food culture is fragmented, a mix of mass 'ultra-processed' foods (high in salt, sugar and fat) alongside food as varied and good as anywhere else on the planet. This is partly the effect of Europeanization, but mainly because the UK has got wealthier, allowing aspirations and tastes to flower. This book takes stock of the UK food system- where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, its fragilities and strengths. It's a book on the politics of food. It argues that the UK's Brexit vote is an enforced opportunity to review our food system. This is sorely needed. A deep reflection by the UK state began after the shock of the oil/food commodity price spike during 2007-2008 and the Great Recession. This policy was, alas, curtailed by the coalition and Tory governments which both argued the food system should just keep going as it had been. The future, they said, lay in a burst of agri-technology and more exports to pay for the massive food imports. Feeding Britain argues that this and other approaches are short-sighted, against the public interest, and possibly even strategic folly. Setting a new course for UK food is no easy task, however, but it's a process, this book urges, that needs to begin.

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Author:   Tim Lang
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:   Pelican
Dimensions:   Width: 14.40cm , Height: 4.10cm , Length: 22.20cm
Weight:   0.665kg
ISBN:  

9780241442227


ISBN 10:   0241442222
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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When Lang says that although not officially at war, the UK is, de facto, facing a wartime scale of food challenge , it's worth paying attention. We are in serious trouble ... It's a simple message, but in the white heat of a crisis, defined by queues outside supermarkets, a useful one. -- Tim Lang * The Observer * Forceful, illuminating, an ambitious manifesto ... The advent of coronavirus has added timeliness to Lang's warning about the fragility of our food supply. -- Martin Bentham * Evening Standard * Present discontents lend urgency to Lang's core message ... Security matters, and that includes food security. Lang has performed a public service. -- Simon Jenkins * Sunday Times *


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Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University of London, which he founded in 1994 and directed until 2016. For the last twenty-five years he has researched, written and lectured on the role of policy in shaping and responding to the food system, particularly in relation to health, environment, social justice, the political economy and consumer culture. He previously spent seven years as a hill farmer, an experience which has shaped his work ever since.

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