I AM STRUCK by the contrast between what could be in this world, and what is. In particular, everyone who is ever liable to be born could be well fed, forever, not simply on basic provender but to the highest standards of nutrition and gastronomy. That is not all that matters, of course, but if we get the food right then everything else that we need and want in life – good health, fine landscapes, the company of other species, peace, amity, personal fulfilment – can start to fall into place. The title of my new book – Feeding People Is Easy – is a slight exaggeration, but only slight. ...


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