The food we eat is destroying the planet and our bodies. There’s increasing evidence that it’s making us mentally ill, too. As human beings we’re stuck in a loop: predisposed to seek out high fat, high sugar foods which don’t make us feel full for very long. Eighty per cent of processed food sold in the UK is unhealthy and because unhealthy food is more popular, the economies of scale for producing it make it cheaper. On average three times cheaper per calorie than healthy alternatives. Our food system has evolved to work against even our best intentions. How do we unpick our appetite for destruction, for the good of ourselves and the planet?
Henry Dimbleby is the co-founder of LEON, and the Director of The Sustainable Restaurant Association, which runs some of London’s most successful street food markets. His work with DEFRA culminated in the National Food Strategy – a policy proposal widely praised by industry wide figures such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Sir Partha Dasgupta. In 2013 he co-authored The School Food Plan, which set out actions to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food. His new book, Ravenous, will be available at Kite in the on site Blackwell’s.