I recently wrote a piece for an online journal called Impakter making the argument that we need to do more than just admonish people to change their diets and that for those in low-income communities this change can be particularly difficult. This is the text, which initially appeared on Impakter… Continue reading
This response underpins the oral evidence presented by Dr. Megan Blake at Bristol University on 6/11/18. The hearing focused on rural poverty.
Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness
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
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
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 moment. Continue reading