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BBC Series – Our Food our future

Over the summer there has been this really interesting radio series on Radio 4.

You can find information about the series on the BBC website at Our Food our future.

It is frustrating that the BBC do not archive their podcasts on their own site, however you can listen to them here; the 4 episodes in the series here:

Food Facts and food myths.

Tom Heap examines the global food crisis and its impact on Britain. Not long ago, we were sitting on top of a butter mountain and surrounded by groaning grain silos. Suddenly, wheat prices are soaring and the rising cost of food is noticeably beginning to hit family budgets. Is this simply an transient blip or the beginning of a dramatic change in the way we view food and the way we eat?

Buyer Beware

Tom Heap examines the global food crisis and its impact on Britain. We are radically changing the way we shop, cook and eat as food prices rise. However, this is not necessarily all bad news.

What’s the countryside for?

Tom Heap examines the global food crisis and its impact on Britain. For years British farmers have been encouraged and paid to look after the environment. But as grain prices soar, some farmers have decided to squeeze as much food out of their land as they can and leave the wildlife to fend for itself. In a time of food shortages, do we have a moral obligation to increase our contribution to global production, even to the detriment of British wildlife?

Can science save us again?

If you agree with Prince Charles that scientists are leading us to the brink of disaster with GM crops, just wait till you see what else they’re working on. In the final episode of Our Food Our Future, Tom Heap asks whether science can solve the problems caused by food shortages and rising prices. He starts in a Dutch laboratory where they are working on a plan to grow artificial meat from the stem cells of pigs.

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