The Rome Declaration defines access to food in terms of physical access, social access and economic access.
In my 12th January Lunar Society talk, I only considered economic access (1), asking the question are we in crisis when . . .
Regarding these statements:
- These stats upon which they’re based are inevitably out of date. The latest reports are from last summer, based on data collected over previous months.
- This begs the question as to whether things have got better or worse over the last 6-12 months.
- And things will get worse: see this from the Institute of Fiscal Studies IFS on 12 January: The coat of living crunch.
- The second statement shows the food insecurity is disproportionately affecting our children most. This is particularly concerning as hunger and malnutrition when young has life-long impact on health and well-being.
- This is also UK-wide data. Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition disproportionately affects low income households and communities.
- As, for example, in Birmingham; see this pre-Covid report Deprivation in Birmingham 2019 in which nearly half a million (490,800) co-citizens lived in the most deprived neighbourhoods, and that figures included 132,500 children.
What % of the population need to be food insecure for us to say the UK food security is in crisis? What percentage of our children?
The next blogpost in this series is Part 4: Safety, assurance & integrity — inspection, sampling & testing capacity and capability.
Previous blogposts in this Lunar Society series are:
- Part 2: Food security: How can we assess if the UK is already in crisis?
- Part 1: Pears grown in Argentina, packed in Thailand
This is the third blogpost in the Lunar Society series, others all listed in this link: Food security: Is the UK already in crisis?