A few weeks ago I started a petition to get Parliament to debate hunger in the UK and why there's been a rise in the use of foodbanks. I thought I'd work steadily towards 100,000 signers over a few months and aim for a debate by Spring. How wrong was I?
Live Below the Line launches today, Tuesday 5 March 2013, so if you're not content with signing a petition when it comes to global poverty - how about taking on the challenge of eating for just one pound a day for five days?
'Freedom from Hunger: Realising the Right to Food in the UK', A lecture by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Professor Olivier de Schutter, will be given on Monday 18 February 2013 at Doughty Street Chambers in London, from 6.00 - 7.30pm.
The horsemeat scandals which are the subject of enveloping media coverage in Britain at the moment (and which extend to 13 countries and 28 companies) point to far deeper issues about the structure of the food industry and the damage that its dominance by unaccountable corporate interests is doing in terms of health, hunger, nutrition, the environment, sustainable farming, animal welfare, food security, food sovereignty and more besides.
For several weeks at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron has been asked about foodbanks. Each week he has had a request by an MP to visit a foodbank in their constituency, to speak to the people who run them, and to the people who rely on them to feed themselves and their families.