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Feeding Britain by Tim Lang

Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them

Tim Lang

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2 reviews

Imprint: Pelican
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780241442227

How does Britain get its food? Why is our current system at breaking point? How can we fix it before it is too late? British food has changed remarkably in the last half century.

3 stars out of 5
22 Mar 2020

"Covid-19 has suddenly made this book on Britain’s food security an important read"

Coronavirus is teaching us one thing: nation states are insecure in the face of present-day pandemic shocks. They are as weak psychologically as they are confused scientifically. They find it difficult to prepare contingencies, and the resulting indecision can knock out entire economic systems. We will not starve, but thousands will lose their jobs and the nation will grow poorer. Security matters, and that includes food security. Lang has performed a public service.


3 stars out of 5
20 Mar 2020

"It makes for an ambitious manifesto. The trouble is, it’s very heavy going"

There’s also exhausting repetition. Lang tells us six times in eight pages, for example, what Part Two of his book is going to communicate. The reader just wants him to get on with it. It’s a shame. David Attenborough’s TV pronouncements on plastic pollution are transforming attitudes - and Lang‘s arguments deserve a similar effect. But any hope that his new book might produce its own Blue Planet moment for the food industry looks likely to be dashed by its turgid style.