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Links and reading on the Right to Food

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“The welfare state and NHS were established after World War II to ensure that everyone – no matter what their background or personal circumstances – can feel secure in the knowledge that if they are in trouble, the social safety net will catch them. Now, 70 years later, those who are most vulnerable are tumbling through gaping holes in that safety net that are caused by government policy. Tens of thousands of adults and children in the UK go to bed hungry, which should be a source of shame and sorrow for our nation.

Good-hearted charitable efforts such as food banks have provided emergency food, reminiscent of the soup kitchens appearing at bomb sites in World War II. Yet this is a systemic and growing problem and charitable handouts of food are not enough.

People experiencing hunger and food insecurity need to be able to get to permanent solutions – decent, healthy and affordable food; good wages; affordable rent and utility bills with no ‘poverty premium’; access to credit; and reliable benefit payments for those in need would be an admirable start. Culturally and politically, such measures – and more – must be understood as everyone’s fundamental entitlement, through a new right to food instated in UK law.”

Martin Caraher, professor of food and health policy at Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London

Right to Food: Everyone has the right to enjoy safe, nutritious and sustainable food. This project advocates the realisation of the Right to Food in UK law.

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