A landmark review of Britain’s food system

Katie Grant reported for iNews yesterday:

“In June 2019, the Environment Secretary at the time, Michael Gove, commissioned Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the food chain Leon, to lead a landmark review of Britain’s food system to inform a national strategy, the first major review of England’s entire food system in 75 years. Part one, published last July, highlighted the connection between obesity, poverty, and the UK’s high Covid-19 death toll. Part two will offer in-depth analysis on the climate crisis, biodiversity, pollution, antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people), the sustainable use of resources and the effect of meat production on the environment.

…Governance of food and health is mostly the responsibility of the devolved administrations, and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own food strategies. Scotland’s “Good Food Nation” strategy, published in 2014, set out a vision for the country to become a place “where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day” by 2025. Mr Dimbleby has pointed out that while his remit was predominantly to create a strategy for England, “the food systems of the UK are so tightly interwoven as to be indistinguishable in many ways” and the UK collectively faces many “identical challenges”.

…(Part two) will largely focus on the ways in which intensive farming is contributing to the climate crisis. Mr Dimbleby has also promised to outline what the Government can do to ensure that food served in schools, hospitals, prisons – and in government offices – is both healthy and sustainable…”

From: The economic and social development of Richmond and Twickenham in the nineteenth century, by Michael Brownlee; Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 2018”

“…There were three newspapers that covered local affairs in Richmond and Twickenham in the latter part of the century. The first title, in terms of sequence of first publication, was The Middlesex Chronicle, founded by George Thomason in 1859. No copies survive prior to 1860. Based in Hounslow, it covered several parishes in West Middlesex, including Twickenham. As this paper did not publish a statement of its general editorial policy, we cannot be sure of its general approach to reporting local news. Its reporting of Twickenham affairs appears factual and does not seem to have had any particular bias.

The titles that covered both towns were The Richmond and Twickenham Times and The Thames Valley Times. The former was first published on 31 May 1873 and every Saturday thereafter. It was joined by the latter, a mid-week paper, in 1885. Both papers also covered the immediate surrounding area, but their main focus was Richmond and Twickenham. Edward King, who came from Gloucestershire, founded both papers. He was the owner and editor from the start of the paper until 1891, when he retired because of ill health. *Frederick Dimbleby, who had been a member of staff on the paper, and a Richmond Borough councillor, then assumed the roles of owner and editor. Both papers were politically independent, as was demonstrated in an editorial that Edward King wrote in the first edition:

In political matters we take an independent position, as we cannot believe in an infallible party on either side of the House…As we are not the organ of any local clique or party, we shall carry our spirit of independence into discussion of matters of local interest and importance.

The most prominent evidence of editorial independence was support for incorporation at a time when most vestry members were against it.

The RTT and TVT carried detailed accounts of Richmond vestry and council meetings, which provide a better indication of the conduct of the meetings and the behaviour of members than the official minutes. Both papers also carried accounts of public meetings held by candidates before elections and on matters such as incorporation.

The reports in the MC, RTT, and TVT on the meetings of the TLB and UDC were less extensive than those for Richmond. Those in the MC provide details of election results that were not reported elsewhere…”

From Wikipedia:

“The Dimbleby family is an English family of journalists.

Prominent members

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