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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241404805
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $26.00

Feeding Britain

Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them




'For years, food policy expert Tim Lang has been an almost lone voice in the wilderness, arguing that UK food security needs to be improved. In his new, very timely book, Lang notes that most consumers think that "as long as there is food on the supermarket shelves, all is well in the world. It is not"' Bee Wilson, Guardian

British food has changed remarkably in the last half century. As we have become wealthier and more discerning, our food has Europeanized (pizza is children's favourite food) and internationalized (we eat the world's cuisines), yet our food culture remains fragmented, a mix of mass 'ultra-processed' substances alongside food as varied and good as anywhere else on the planet.

This is a book on the politics of food: where it comes from, what we eat, and its impact. It argues that the Brexit vote will force us to review our food system. Such an opportunity is sorely needed. After a brief frenzy of concern following the financial shock of 2008 and recent Covid-19 upheaval, the UK government has slumped once more into a vague hope that the food system will keep going on as before. Feeding Britain argues that this and other approaches are short-sighted, against the public interest, and possibly even strategic folly. Setting a new course for UK food is no easy task but it is a process, this book urges, that needs to begin now.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241404805
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $26.00

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