Don't talk about "food" poverty – it's just poverty

I found this piece by Jay Rayner in The Guardian, on the wording around poverty and the complexities of finding solutions to drag people out of poverty, very interesting. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/16/dont-talk-about-food-poverty-jay-rayner

This paragraph hit me hard: “The conversation around food poverty is a block to us fixing our broken food supply chain. The fact is this: we pay too little for our food, just 10% of disposable income, down from 20% in 1970. We also expect to continue being able to do so. It’s why our agriculture sector has withered to a point where only 50% of the food we eat has been produced here. (Another 10% is exported.) If we don’t start paying more, allowing our agriculture sector to invest and expand production, we will end up paying so much more in the future, when we are held to ransom by the international markets.”

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