Banning packed lunches: a slap in the face for parents

The government, school-meals campaigners and schools are using free school meals to take away parental autonomy.

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A school dinners recipe that’s hard to swallow

Politicians are naive to think that meddling with children’s food can solve social problems.

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Fast Food: Saver of the Planet or Humanity’s Destruction?

On 17 June, I spoke at the first of a series of events hosted by the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, London, and Yelp. Here are my opening remarks.

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The right label for eco-foodies: hypocrites

Eco-foodies hate misleading food labels when it comes to ‘best before’ dates, but they are quite keen on misleading labels when it comes to genetically modified foods.

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How everything fun became ‘the new tobacco’

Activists have taken the lessons learned from the war on smoking and applied it to many other lifestyle choices.

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Public health adopts the missionary position

From school meals to smoking, health campaigners demand ever more regulation of our lives – and it’s our personal independence that is being shafted.

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Remembering Norman Borlaug

Last week marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of a man credited with saving a billion lives.

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Is it time to restrict fast-food takeaways?

From the spiked plus column, ‘Arguing the toss, spiked style’, a pub-style debate about restricting fast food for our own good.

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Farewell, Clarissa Dickson Wright

The death of the posh, bolshie and pleasure-seeking star of Two Fat Ladies is a sad loss.

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There’s no sugar-coating this tax

A proposed tax on the sweet stuff would be another small blow against personal choice.

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