Agriculture and Food Policy

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The devastation has only just begun It will become even more apparent when and if Brexit actually happens. The value of sterling has fallen sharply. This is already  increasing prices of foods imported from the EU. Effects on the welfare of poor people who spend nearly a quarter of their incomes on food will be severe. As..

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Joanna Blythman,  Swallow This: Serving up the food industry’s darkest secrets: Published by Fourth Estate, London, 2015 The companies which dominate the packaged food industry are typical of companies which control an increasing proportion of the world’s economic output: their principal motivation is to increase the profits which accrue to their shareholders. This book provides..

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Implications of agricultural innovation for peasants and small farmers. SUMMARY 1. During the last five hundred years, various changing groups of powerful people and organisations have continually succeeded in depriving small farmers and peasants of the land they had worked, so that it could be used for other purposes. Large farms have succeeded in taking..

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Foresight: the future of food and farming: Final project report, by Government Office for Science, London, 2011, 208 pp. This report provides evidence that the world agricultural and food production and distribution system is dysfunctional, in terms of both its failure to provide and distribute the food necessary for keeping the world’s population healthy, and of minimizing..

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Local small scale production and distribution of food can best meet the needs of producers for food security, and of consumers for wholesome healthy tasty food worldwide. Billions of people worldwide- perhaps the majority of the world’s population – would gain satisfaction from meeting at least some of their own food needs by producing their..