19.03.2015 – UEL Lecture on Food and Social Justice


The UEL lecture was based on Food poverty in the UK is said to be the result of rising food, housing and energy prices across the country. Crisis of food poverty are also said to be resulting from low pay, insecure employment and changes in benefits.

Findings from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on food, poverty and hunger releases a report indicating that food banks that were originally regarded as a source of emergency food have faced big rise in their usage. The studies have indicated that many people have turned to the use of the food banks that raises questions of whether they are doing this because they have enough of the funds to do so. There are various initiatives being brought forth to ensure that the little food available is utilized in the right manner.

Food waste, food security and food poverty go hand in hand in that the variations between the three indicate a problem in the food sector. Lack of enough food cultivated of stored poses a threat to the food security in the UK. At the same time, availability of enough food under misuse poses a threat to the available food stores. UEL lecturer Angie Voela stated that Food poverty can result from the two scenarios especially when they happen at the same time, making the situation rampant. Food poverty as the resultant effect is an indication of a problem in the usage of food and the food security. Dr Rebecca O’Connell also agreed that food waste, food security and food poverty are, hence, interdependent as one factor contributes or indicates the presence of the other factor. Food poverty can be well solved through welfare reform since the society needs to be educated about the food usage and security. It is also vital to establish a food bank model to address and respond to the food bank problem. Encouraging urban farming will also help increase the volume of food grown in UK that can easily help me to propose a food innovation centre for the local community in Hackney.

Photography: UEL/Tracy Jensen



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