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Rethinking Food

  • by JW

How can we create a better food future for all in a post-Covid world?


BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme has been doing some very visionary work over the last week – and the latest it ‘rethinking the food dimension’:

Rethink: The Food Dimension.

The Food Programme

As part of the BBC’s Rethink series Dan Saladino asks how we can create a better food future for all in a post-Covid world.

Among a cast of experts and activists offering their visions of the future are Microbiome expert and geneticist Professor Tim Spector focuses on diet, nutrition and the lessons learnt during the pandemic.

Community cook Dee Woods addresses concerns over poverty and how disadvantaged communities can get better access to food.

The Food Programme – Rethink: The Food Dimension. – BBC Sounds

BBC Radio 4 – The Food Programme


Several people and groups were interviewed:


The programme started and finished with someone who ‘divides his time between East Devon and Bristol”:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall | River Cottage


There’s a very determined group campaigning on all sorts of food issues:

Bite Back 2030


Henry Dimbleby leads a key organisation:

Home – National Food Strategy


Jimmy Doherty knows his food:

BBC One – Jimmy’s Food Factory

Food Unwrapped – profiles – Jimmy Doherty – All 4


Leslie Baron thinks we need to be feeding everybody well:

Granville Community Kitchen | Empowering Community Through Food


Ian Wright of the Food and Drink Federation thinks there should be a Minister for Hunger:

Industry urges government to appoint ‘minister for hunger’ | News | The Grocer

As do many others:

Committee urges government to appoint Minister for Hunger – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

The government don’t think that the UK needs a hunger minister

MPs want hunger minister role introduced – BBC News


Food and health are connected:

Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong | How To Academy

Eating to support gut health and immunity


FInally, the biggest citizen science project in the world, from Tim Spector:

Diet and gut health are crucial modifiable risk factors in coronavirus severity, says professor

Coronavirus: research reveals way to predict infection – without a test