Food

Real ale, craft beer and anti-capitalism

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has been in the news as its recent annual conference launched a year-long debate about “revitalisation”, to look at what the purpose of the organisation should be in future. Aside from the old Alex Glasgow song, “As Soon as This Pub Closes (the revolution starts)”, why is this of interest to socialists?

Farmageddon

Issue section: 

From the coast of Peru to the fields of Britain the way food is produced is shaping the environment we rely on for our survival.

Intensive farming techniques, pioneered in the US in the mid-20th century, have been exported across the globe in an attempt to divorce food production from the land it is grown on.

This further alienates workers from the products of their labour, and everyone else from the food that we eat.

China playing ketchup

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

To better understand the dynamics underlying the current economic crisis you wouldn't always think to start with tomatoes.

Yet in a landmark case last month the EU it was ruled that tomato puree grown and packaged in China could be labelled as "produced in Italy" on the proviso that Italian water or salt was added somewhere in Europe. The case became hugely controversial, partly as a debating point in the Italian elections, but mainly because of the meteoric rise of China's tomato industry.

Food: between hunger and plenty

Issue section: 
Author: 

Billions of people regularly struggle to get enough to eat. Mike Haynes argues that the problem isn't a lack of produce or a rising population. It is a system driven by profit

The global price of food has risen again to a new high, breaking the records set in 2008. In Britain this matters, especially if you are on a low income or benefits. In the poorer parts of the world where nearly a billion people are hungry it becomes a matter of life and death. The reason is simple - we must have food to live. This is why food prices are politically explosive, including in the upheavals in the Middle East. The lower your income, the more you must spend to buy food to survive.

Food prices leave many hungry for change

Issue section: 
Author: 

Global food prices are once again rising sharply. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's monthly index of agricultural commodity prices rocketed upwards by over 30 percent in the last six months of 2010.


Biofuels crop

Prices now surpass the levels seen at the height of the 2007-8 food crisis. Back then it led to over 30 countries being hit by unrest linked to the soaring cost of food, from Haiti to Bangladesh.

Sugar and meat prices are at record levels, while cereal prices are back at the levels of 2008. Last year saw European wheat prices double, US corn prices increase by more than 50 percent and US soybean prices rise by over 30 percent.

Class, food and poverty

Issue section: 
Author: 

You won't be surprised to know that I don't have much in common with Jamie Oliver.

He, after all, is an internationally renowned chef, while my cooking skills are so bad that on occasions I have been known to burn water. He has a media fortune estimated to be worth a cool £25 million, while according to the latest correspondence from my bank I am part of its toxic debt.

Fuel for thought

Issue section: 
Issue: 

As of 15 April, all petrol and diesel sold at British filling stations has to be blended with biofuels.

The British government, through the Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation (RFTO), and the European Union have continued to push ahead with biofuel expansion despite scientific studies which show that this is one of the quickest ways of heating the planet, and despite United Nations (UN) agencies warning that biofuels are fuelling a catastrophic food crisis.

The End of Subsidies Will Not Solve Poverty

Issue section: 
Author: 

Cutting state aid to farmers in the North could make matters worse for those in the South.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Hong Kong is over. The 14 political prisoners, mainly Korean farmers arrested during a protest against the Hong Kong agreement, have been released, although three of them will be prosecuted. And, it would seem, the WTO became just that little bit better, by addressing a charge frequently laid by its critics - the WTO is a fig leaf for a kind of agricultural imperialism.

Tesco: Every Little Hurts

Issue section: 
Issue: 

The supermarket giant Tesco announced record profits last month of £2 billion. Yet a report by ActionAid reveals the appalling conditions of thousands of women workers in South Africa who grow fruit that ends up on Tesco's shelves.

Tesco is Britain's biggest buyer of South African fruit. Despite the company's so called commitment to corporate social responsibility, and the existence of laws in South Africa designed to protect agricultural workers, ActionAid found unacceptable conditions among the temporary labourers interviewed on Tesco-accredited farms.

Food to Die For

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

The promised panacea of processed supermarket food tastes more unpleasant than ever with the discovery that hundreds of products have been contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing dye.

Sudan 1 has been found in over 400 sauces, soups, salad dressings and other food products. All the big supermarkets, which control more than 70 percent of the grocery market in Britain, are affected.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Food