What is Food Justice to you?

In 2014, just a few months after I returned to the U.K. from Hong Kong I wrote the following:

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Talking with BBC Radio Sheffield about #JustFood19, Social Eating, Surplus Food and Other Cool Things.

This morning I was on @BBCSheffield breakfast show with Kat Cowan talking about our upcoming #JustFood19 conference, but also Social Eating, Food surplus, and Food Futures. If you would like to listen,  the interview starts at about minute 17.   If you would like to attend the open events, here is the detail.  Continue reading

Link

The following link is to a paper I wrote for a special issue of Europe Now that focused on Waste.  Original available here: https://www.europenowjournal.org/2019/05/06/the-multiple-ontologies-of-surplus-food/

Food Waste, Wasted Food, Surplus Food

Video

Have you ever wondered what we mean by surplus food?  Where does it come from and how does it link to the problem of food waste?  This short slide show video provides a brief overview.  Continue reading

Reblogged from the Conversation: Capitalism has coopted the language of food-Costing the world millions of meals.

Capitalism has coopted the language of food – costing the world millions of meals

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Megan Blake, University of Sheffield

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Why SURPLUS food is important for feeding vulnerable people

There have been a number of arguments in the press and on social media arguing that the use of surplus food to feed food insecure people is at best only a short-term solution and at worst harmful (e.g., Caraher 2017).  I would agree that the hunger that is caused by poverty is not only not being addressed by the UK government (see Blake 2015, and a more recent update of the article published by GMPA) but in some cases is being enhanced by current government policy (e.g., a benefits system that has built in delays, draconian sanctions, programme cuts that impact on the most vulnerable). In reading the argument, however, a number of issues stand out as needing further clarification and interrogation.  Firstly, there is a lack of understanding about food surplus in terms of what it is.  Secondly, there is misconception about how food surplus becomes food for bellies as it travels through the charity sector. Thirdly, there is an overly narrow understanding of the value of surplus food both for charities and those whom they support. These issues are explored in this blog post. Continue reading