Tuesday, 7 April 2009

UK heading for malnutrition

Children are in danger of starving to death here in the UK, charity Save The Children has warned.

Speaking to the BBC, the charity said 'We are heading for malnutrition in the UK', after The Grocer magazine reported food prices have risen by a staggering 18 per cent in the last year.

They then call on the Government to honour its 1997 pledge to half child poverty by 2010, by spending an extra £3 billion on struggling families.

Meanwhile, the Child Poverty Action Group warns many families are buying less fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, and consuming more affordable tinned and packet food that was often higher in sugar, salt and fat.

I think what we really need is a radical shift in the way we produce and distribute food. There's plenty for everyone, if we all reduce the amount of grain-hungry farmed meat we eat, grow more food locally and switch, as far as possible, to s3easonal produce.

Then we can eliminate child poverty everywhere. But the Government is far too focussed on preserving its reputation as the defender of business as usual to even think about reducing the influence of supermarkets and food producers on farming, the environment and the very fabric of our society.

So we won't see starvation eliminated until we see a fundamental change of direction, whatever Tony Blair promised.

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