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How Covid-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system

 

The global pandemic has revealed fundamental issues surrounding food insecurity in the UK. We join Bob Doherty and Madeleine Power, both at the University of York, to discuss how Covid-19 has exposed inequalities in the UK food system. 

In this episode, Daniel speaks with Professor Bob Doherty and Madeleine Power about how the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed inequalities in the UK food system. Low income households have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and resulting economic shutdown. How well have food banks responded and how will this welfare system be affected in the long run? Moreover, does the UK want to be an advanced capitalist nation dependent on food banking to support its most vulnerable? From the closure of restaurants to consumer stockpiling, Covid-19 has revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of the UK food system while highlighting pre-existing inequalities.

Speaker profile(s)

Bob Doherty is Professor of Marketing and Chair in Agrifood at The York Management School at the University of York. He holds a number of research positions including the University of York lead for N8 AgriFood, and research theme leader for sustainable food in the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI). Additionally, he has been seconded as a policy fellow into the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on a new science research programme launched to inform policy making.

Madeleine Power is an ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She is the founder and former Chair of the York Food Justice Alliance, a cross-sector partnership addressing food insecurity at the local level, and Co-Chair of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN).

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