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10 reasons why sugar taxes suck

Illiberal, regressive, unnecessary, ineffective, cynical … need we go on?

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In defence of cheap milk

Dairy farming is a hardnosed business, not a rural idyll.

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No, milk is not cheaper than water

Another zombie statistic doing the rounds.

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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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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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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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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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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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Totnes: local cappuccino for local people

Backward campaigners trying to prevent Costa coffee from opening a shop in the Devon market town should wake up and smell their own hypocrisy.

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Obesity: a ‘national risk’?

Friday 11 December 2015

Sugar: It’s Choice Restriction Week!

Sunday 22 November 2015

10 reasons why sugar taxes suck

Friday 23 October 2015

In defence of cheap milk

Tuesday 11 August 2015

The truth about sugar

Monday 27 July 2015

Food banks in perspective

Wednesday 22 April 2015

No, milk is not cheaper than water

Monday 12 January 2015

Killjoys, calories and labelmania

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