Debating the horsemeat affair and the wisdom of cheap food

I took part in a studio debate for Channel 4 News. Watch it here.

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How’s your beef burger? Champion.

Bad jokes aside, the scandal about horse meat in burgers should not be used to smear the entire food industry.

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The coffee-shop culture war

The anger at Tesco’s shareholding in a trendy coffee chain, Harris + Hoole, is snobbish, small-minded and ignorant.

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The usual old cobblers about obesity

The London Evening Standard‘s Dan Jones - or is that Polly Filler - does a great job today of dragging out every prejudice about obesity in the book. So, for his benefit, here’s a bit of balance on the issue.

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Gorging on anti-corporate baloney

Canadian medic Yoni Freedhoff claims on YouTube that Big Food is killing us. Such claims need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.

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Looking for meaning in food

A recent documentary by Stefan Gates, Calf’s Head and Coffee, fell short of offering the ‘big idea’ it claimed, but it did illustrate the strange desire to find our cultural roots in food.

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‘Consumers need more help to choose health’

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham thinks we are too dumb to be allowed to choose breakfast cereals for ourselves. The trouble is, so it seems does everyone else in a position of influence.

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Food is too cheap?

Two recent articles paint rather different pictures of food and food prices.

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Danish fat tax that didn’t bring home the bacon

While slapping taxes on ‘unhealthy’ food has been a policy receiving much support in political circles, Denmark has dropped the idea after just a year.

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Sugar is not toxic, but health campaigns might be

Food campaigners and crusading medics want to persuade us that Big Sugar is a force for evil. But whatever the science behind what we eat, the idea that the government should regulate our diets is the most dangerous idea of all.

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