10 Jan 2015: Thrifty or lavish, we all are now guests at the discounted, buy-one-get-one-free, year-round cheap food feast, eating more than we need and paying less for it – as a proportion of our incomes – than our grandparents did, or their parents before them. This, it turns out, is not entirely a good … Continue reading Food is too cheap
Bakery firms are making big promises: touting premium loaves to help with everything from dieting and flatulence to memory loss and the symptoms of menopause. I enlisted some experts and we took apart 12 supermarket loaves to ask: are health breads a big gluten-loaded con? (Extended version of an investigation for the Daily Mail, published 21 … Continue reading Is "health bread" a scam?
Editorial I wrote for the Observer http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/13/price-to-be-paid-cheap-food Sunday 13 January 2013 The world is throwing away a shocking amount of food. A report last week claimed that at least a third of the 4 billion tonnes of food the world produces each year never gets as far as our mouths. Between 30% and 50% of food purchased in Europe … Continue reading Food is too cheap and that's damaging all of us
7th July 2011 The Times Two months ago, Sainsbury’s launched a “value” marketing drive, with TV and press campaigns, promising to feed recession-hit families for just £50 a week. The first menu was depressing with its pseudo-bargains, unlikely extravagances (a £5 bunch of grapes) and lots of tinned and frozen food. These included some sausages … Continue reading Making £50 a week taste better
May 19th 2011, The Times Sainsbury’s believes you can, but when Alex Renton took up the challenge, he found his household of foodies and fussy eaters had serious misgivings. Eighty-four meals, £50, one happy family, say the new Sainsbury’s adverts. They promise to feed a family of four for seven days for less than the … Continue reading Can you feed your family on £50 a week?
10th June 2010, Observer Food Monthly Forget the eulogies to Sir Terry Leahy. The legacy of Leahyism has been damage to our towns, countryside and environment, and the promotion of a much poorer diet that we'll all pay for Sir Terry Leahy is retiring as head of Tesco after 14 years, "to spend more time … Continue reading Word of Mouth: Tesco Is No Champion of The Poor