food security

Food security: running away from the world

The desire for the UK to be more self-reliant is a bad idea.

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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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Exposing the myths about local food

Food activists claim that ‘local’ food is more sustainable, secure and nutritious. As Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu demonstrate in The Locavore’s Dilemma, local-food promoters couldn’t be more wrong.

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If Prince Charles represents the future of food, god help us

A speech given by His Royal Hystericalness in Washington in 2011 has now been turned into a small book - which is getting oodles of praise from the kind of foodie eco-activists who share his fearful, anti-progress outlook.

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Locavores are wrong: when it comes to grub, we should think global

Those who only eat forego importing food from around the world in favour of locally produced food won’t save the planet, become healthier, revive communities or improve food security.

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What’s wrong with Big Food?

My article in City AM, a preview of a Battle of Ideas debate, looks at why big business has, by and large, provided the food system that we need.

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A food manifesto: old thinking in new clothes

Carolyn Steel argues that we need to put food at the centre of our lives again. But one of the great developments of the past few decades is finally being liberated from the day-to-day problem of feeding ourselves.

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Too many mouths to feed? Get stuffed

Food prices aren’t rising because the Earth is full. But Malthusian commentators are certainly full of BS.

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Produce more food not fewer people

It is not rising population levels that lead to food-price crises - it is economic underdevelopment.

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Food price rises starting to look serious

Prices are now at or above the crisis levels of 2008 for many food commodities. But that time, there was a strong element of speculation involved. It will be interesting to see how much of the current price rise has similar roots. Rising oil prices - now at $95 per barrel - won’t be helping, though.

World food prices enter 'danger territory' to reach record high, Guardian

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