There is no shortage of food. The World Food Programme states that the world produces enough food to feed the entire global population. Indeed the UK’s waste food alone can provide enough to end UK food poverty, so why do some people still go hungry? The prevailing food system is anchored by the need for money to gain access to food. As Riches and Silvasti outline, food is a commodity, an article of value distributed by free market mechanisms. Affluent consumers are able to choose from an abundant variety of food products, arguably the citizens’ right to food is only realised if the citizen has purchasing power.
Income vs access to food
The UK government’s Family Food 2014 Report shows that after housing, fuel and power costs, food is the biggest expenditure for low income households. As the cost of living rises faster than income, this budget…
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