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Coronavirus: Tim Lang calls for food rationing

In this piece in The Conversation, Tim Lang (Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London) argues that the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis exposes the fragility of the UK’s food supply chain, with limited storage, a just-in-time supply model, and nearly half of the UK’s food being imported. Lang calls for a food rationing system to be introduced to ensure everyone has access to food (read Lang’s letter to the UK Prime Minister here).

Read the full piece, Coronavirus: rationing based on health, equity and decency now needed – food system expert, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food security? and read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here.

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Submitted by Rosemary Storkey (not verified) on
Heard Tim Lang on The World Service just now,does Is he ever inntervied FOR BBC's Farming Today? Please would he, if he has done so. His expertise and views are much needed in this time of Coronavirus. RSVP.

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