Food Politics

Is Our Food Environment Sustainable?

Dr. Margaret Leitch | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Dr. Margaret Leitch

Eating is a pretty basic function. Essential to sustaining life, and infinitely pleasurable, we have few limitations on the food we eat today. Yet the global rise of both obesity, and eating disorders, demonstrate how complicated our relationship with food, and the 'food environment' has become. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Does it matter?

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Sugar Taxation: A Healthy Nudge in the Right Direction?

Christopher James Clark | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher James Clark

I always thought education alone could solve diet-related health crises. Given the right information, people make informed, healthy decisions, right? But what if truly effective solutions require more than just education? What if they require government intervention? My conversation with Dr. Schmidt nudged me to consider this possibility.

Here Are The UK's Sexiest Vegans (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The victors have been named in Peta’s annual contest to track down the UK’s sexiest vegans. Taking the crowns this year are Jenna McGuinness a...

Vote Now For The UK's Sexiest Vegan

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

UPDATE: Here Are The UK's Sexiest Vegans (PICTURES) Best dressed meat eater, most humorous fruitarian and nerdiest pescatarian. None of these c...

Farmageddon, the True Cost Of Cheap Meat

Sue Cross | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Sue Cross

The world's demand for meat is growing and the population is rising. And so the pressure to increase production is escalating at a stupendous rate. The future of farming could go two ways.

Theatre Review: Gastronauts, Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Gastronauts is a fun, innovative and absorbing production that looks at our relationship with food. Created by April De Angelis, Nessah Muthy and Wils Wilson, this immersive theatrical production seats its audience in a futuristic restaurant whilst around them little snippets and scenes are played out by the small cast.

Will a Soft Drinks Tax Solve Britain's Obesity Crisis? Fat Chance

Professor Richard Tiffin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Richard Tiffin

On their own, simple economic measures aimed at tackling some dimension of an unhealthy lifestyle cannot work. What is needed is a deeper understanding of why some people make unhealthy choices while others do not. These may include poverty and lack of information or education, but they may also include cognitive psychological differences.

First Admit You Have a Problem, Then Get Help: What Tesco Should Do Next

Jon Alexander | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK
Jon Alexander

Tesco's announcement, potentially, is different. If Coke are still saying 'there's a problem that we're involved in, but we're not the problem', Tesco are saying 'we are part of this problem - but we can't solve it on our own'.

How 'Ag Gag' Laws Target Those Exposing Horrors of Factory Farming

Andrew Wasley | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The pigs were crammed in; moving, squealing, eating, shitting - these animals didn't have the luxury of outdoor exercise or daylight. This barn (more like a warehouse in fact) was home for now. Locals told us the farm contained 13,000 pigs, and was an intensive piglet "nursery", where young animals were brought from breeding establishments elsewhere to fatten up before being dispatched to the slaughterhouse and people's dinner plates.

Government Must Prioritise Portion Size Problem

Simon Gillespie | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Nearly two-thirds of UK adults are overweight or obese. So are a third of our children. It's a problem that isn't going away and it has severe consequences for the health of millions across the UK. So we need new approaches to tackling the causes of obesity.

Why Are We So Horrible to Other Animals?

Sue Cross | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

We all know the reality: that humans' inhumanity and gratuitous disdain towards the animals in our control will continue. Nevertheless, when petitions are signed and a little more thought is given to what we eat, wear, use for medicine, the number of animals that are forced to suffer so dreadfully might be just a little smaller.

Lab Meat Or Rearing Animals On Factory Farms: Which Is the More Unnatural?

Sue Cross | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

'Cultured beef', 'shamburgers', laboratory meat. Those who are put off the idea of eating meat that has been processed from the stem cells of an animal and developed in a laboratory say its unnaturalness is the principle reason for their distaste. But when animals are reared intensively for meat that is hardly more natural.

Not for Human Consumption: The Fastest of Fast-Fattening Diets Are on Factory Farms

Sue Cross | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Small farmers who rear their animals in a natural way call in vets to treat them when they are ill; meat industrialists do not. This business is all about providing food that is as cheap as it can possibly be. Keeping prices down means the industry cannot afford to care about the animals.

Meet The UK's (Official) Sexiest Vegans (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK

The votes were cast, the decisions are final – here are the UK’s sexiest vegans. Laura Dalton and Toby Channon have been named the dairy-free ...

Foie Gras Might Be A Gourmet's Delight - But Its Production Process Could Not Be More Brutal

Sue Cross | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Post-mortems in slaughterhouses have shown that 30% to 70% have suffered severe injuries: bruised and broken bills; damaged throat muscles; maggot-infested neck wounds; multiple broken bones including wing fractures (the last attributed to a diet deficient in calcium).

Australia Has Again Been in Uproar About Revelations of Cruelty in an Egyptian Abattoir

Sue Cross | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The Australian campaign group Ban Live Exports have catalogued a raft of severe animal welfare abuses. To western eyes these might seem exceptionally brutal but the fact is that in any intensive system once animals draw near their slaughter date cruelty rachets up.

The World as We Know It Will End Unless We Change Our Eating Habits - A Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In many parts of the world incomes are increasing and ever more people are moving into cities. Lifestyles are changing. And so are diets.

If Your Easter Lamb Disappoints - Here's Why. The Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

News of the thousands of sheep that were lost in last week's snow drifts has given us an insight into sheep farming. Warnings were issued several days...

Will Antibiotic Resistance Put an End to Factory Farming? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

If we are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics in human medicine then alarm bells should sound louder still when it comes to their use in intensive farming.

Paul McCartney - Here's An Idea!

Sue Cross | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

With all the furore surrounding the horse meat scandal it seems there is no better time the current advertising campaign promoting the new Linda McCartney range. But will it work?

Could Fair Trade Meat End the Horseplay in Our Food Chain?

Adam Forrest | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Forrest

In the age of Horse-gate, the few minutes spent deciding whether to plump for processed spag bol or chilli con carne on the way home from work now comes with an added dose of queasy self-loathing.

Should We Care That Fish Might Feel Pain? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In trawling nets, fish are trapped with rocks, debris and other sea life and dragged along the bottom of the sea for hours. Surely, in these circumstances, they must suffer fear, pain and stress?

The Horse Meat Scandals Reveal We Are More Psychologically Screwed Up Than We Realised About Eating Animals

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

We are conflicted because our concern for animal welfare is at odds with our culinary preferences. This involves a denial of the living and mental qualities of the animals, from which our meals are extracted.

Slaughterhouse Waste - It All Has to Be Dealt With: A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Thanks to the horse meat scandal tons of processed meat products are being removed from supermarket cabinets. The waste is huge. But the meat industry usually strives to avoid waste. Any part of an animal that can possibly be used for human consumption is made fit to eat, right down to the stripping of bones.