Confectionery: the new contraband

A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.

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Obesity is not a disease, it’s a body shape

Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.

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Save the world - eat an insect

Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.

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Eurocrats with a bee in their bonnets

It seems the bee has replaced the whale and the polar bear as the friendly face of green authoritarianism.

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Calculating corporations and weak-willed consumers

In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

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Processed meat causes ‘early death’? Bullshit.

The top story in the UK media this morning is the claim that processed meat is killing us. This is the latest example of the British media churning out food scares like they were cheap sausages.

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Please keep doctors out of my dining room

The UK’s medical royal colleges have come up with a 10-point plan to tackle obesity. But their prescriptions are authoritarian, misguided or useless. In response, here’s a 10-point plan to get rid of meddling medics.

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In defence of cheap food

The horsemeat scandal in Europe has led many of the usual suspects to question the wisdom of cheap food and/or our ‘industrialised food system’. In reality, our food isn’t cheap enough and the food system isn’t industrialised enough.

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Horsemeat scandal: where’s the beef?

No one has died, or been harmed, and the risks of harm are very low. So why freak out about horsemeat?

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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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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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