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Food Scholar, Interdisciplinary Thinker, Social Justice Researcher, and Excellent University Teacher

Response to call for submissions for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to the UK Government

This response underpins the oral evidence presented by Dr. Megan Blake at Bristol University on 6/11/18.  The hearing focused on rural poverty.  

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New Conversation Article: Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness.

Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness

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Megan Blake, University of Sheffield

One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. And according to recent research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, two thirds of children in poverty live in a working family. These rates are expected to increase sharply by 2021-22, assuming there is no change in government policy. Continue reading

More than just food

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A film about how community organisations are using food to help overcome loneliness and everyday food insecurity, while also transforming their communities.  Eating together with others, what I call social eating, has so many benefits.  Continue reading

Enabling people to “Freeze the moment” through food engaged support

I was recently invited to participate in an impact report launch for a charity organization.  This organisation works with food producers and supermarkets to help people in low income areas cope with and adapt to the challenges that they face. It also helps those communities transition into places where people want to live, raise children and grow old. Central to that organization’s work is the idea that people and communities have assets that with a little help can be mobilized to achieve these ends and that food facilitates this. Here is the broad text of my talk. I believe that adopting an approach that supports people and communities to be able to recognize what they already have is key toward moving beyond longer term transformation.

My mother has a saying—Freeze the momentContinue reading

Food is not waste, until it is wasted

Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs

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Megan Blake, University of Sheffield

The volume of edible food that is wasted is staggering. In 2017, the UN estimated that almost a third of all food that is produced is discarded. Edible food makes up approximately 1.3 gigatonnes of this (one gigatonne is a billion tonnes). For comparison, one tonne of wasted food is about the equivalent of 127 large plastic bin bags. This not only represents a phenomenal loss in terms of food that could feed people, but also a loss in resources such as water, labour power, soil nutrients, transportation energy and so forth. Continue reading