John Harding – Written evidence (FPO0028)

 

Comments Prior to Questionnaire:

An observation: Your wording to your questions are very ambiguous causing confusion to the answer you require.

You ask:

What is healthy food?

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What is a healthy, sustainable diet affordable to everyone?

Answer: Any food within moderation of consumption.

Food is cheap to buy since the introduction of Aldi and Lidl in the UK.

However:

If you cannot cook then all the help Government offer will never replace their ‘junk food’ obese mentality diet.

What is Obesity?

Obesity has been proved to stem from ‘sleep deprivation’ meaning a poor sleep pattern results in an eating disorder to eat more than necessary as a psychological comfort blanket.

You must ask: Can obesity and sleep deprivation be stopped or cured?

Yes, if you use new research from the author.

Can medical science replicate this new research?

No.

Why?

Medical science is governed by an out-dated Victorian era protocol that refuses to use or are not allowed to use any part to stop or solve Sleep Deprivation or Obesity.

Which means:

Sleep deprivation, Obesity, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Metastasis, Depression, Mental Health, Miscarriage, Still-born, Cot-death and many more are all anomalies to medical science and will never be solved unless the authors new research is used.

Why?

A new law has to be enforced onto medical science to change an out-dated Victorian era protocol before any answers will be found.

New research proves conclusively medical science hit a brick wall scenario by their own stupidity created in a Victorian era that carries on today where all the above and more are triggered while you sleep which is completely ignored by medical science, however an answer is here, today to stop the above from happening.

Food Banks.

If a collector or user of food banks has a mobile phone, tablet or electronic devise then that person can afford to buy food by cancelling their contract and purchase of digital technology.

A mobile phone is a luxury that comes after the need and purchase of food.

Food banks are being abused by people who will take anything if offered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions

  1. 1)  What are the key causes of food insecurity in the UK?1 Can you outline any significant trends in food insecurity in the UK? To what extent (and why) have these challenges persisted over a number of years?

Hunger and food security are in the hands of the individual.

Why?

Budgeting for essentials should be priority rather than luxuries. Luxuries today, appear to be more important than food. Please refer to mobile phone comment.

A generation of ‘scrounging from the state’ to finance luxuries has created today’s food insecurity.

How can people even homeless who are alleged part of the food insecurity in the UK afford the purchase and ongoing cost of digital technology?

  1. 2)  a] What are some of the key ways in which diet (including food insecurity) impacts on public health? b] Has sufficient progress been made on tackling childhood obesity and, if not, why not?

a] A healthy diet is key to the ability of the person to do basic cooking in producing a meal for under 2 or 3 pounds per person or a lot less, cooking in bulk for example; 4 people for any day of the week.

b] Obesity is an illness of sleep deprivation combined with the mentality of lazy people who prefer to buy junk food rather than cook and create a meal.

  1. 3)  a] How accessible is healthy food? b] What factors or barriers affect people’s ability to consume a healthy diet? c] Do these factors affect populations living in rural and urban areas differently? No.

a] All food is healthy in moderation. b] The introduction of Aldi and Lidl in the UK should have no excuse to buy or produce a healthy cooked meal. c] Rural communities who may not have the luxury of cheap supermarkets do and can have the supply of seasonal locally grown produce from farms, farmers market, gardens, a village community local shop or grown in your own garden which was the norm when I was a child.

  1. 4)  a] What role can local authorities play in promoting healthy eating in their local populations, especially among children and young people, and those on lower incomes? b] How effectively are local authorities able to fulfil their responsibilities to improve the health of people living in their areas? c ] Are you aware of any existing local authority or education initiatives that have been particularly successful (for example, schemes around holiday hunger, providing information on healthy eating, or supporting access to sport and exercise)?

a] Promoting healthy eating starts in two places: 1] The home, grandparent or parent. 2] School from the earliest age upwards.

Homelife is changing with separation or divorce becoming to common therefore splitting the family.

Schools may or may not have the facilities to educate cooking or domestic duties. The best option.

b] Local authorities would have to be given the budget to supply and educate how to buy vegetables cheaply to produce a hot healthy meal for less than a take away.

c] No. Priorities need to be educated to stop the need for luxuries to then provide healthy food for all children. (Again, I refer the need to mobile phones if a child is going hungry).

  1. 5)  a] What can be learnt from food banks and other charitable responses to hunger? What role should they play?

a] Greed and stupidity will always except free food even though they can afford to buy food.

b] Food banks are too gullible and need control to stop those that take advantage of the system.

Sell buy dates or best before dates must be reconsidered by supermarkets rather than give to food banks or throw away into skips. Better management must be considered by supermarkets and charity food banks who are not scrutinised.

  1. 6)  What impact do food production processes (including product formulation, portion size, packaging and labelling) have on consumers dietary choices and does this differ across income groups?

The individual will buy within their income bracket and will have no bearing on food production process whether the consumer shops at Aldi or Marks and Spencer.

  1. 7)  a] What impact do food outlets (including supermarkets, delivery services, or fast food outlets) have on the average UK diet? b] How important are factors such as advertising, packaging, or product placement in influencing consumer choice, particularly for those in lower income groups?

a] Access availability is key to who or what the consumer will use or buy. Delivery service is used more by the more expensive supermarkets but not available from the cheaper supermarkets which does affect the decision of transport to and from. Fast food outlets are more freely available and will deliver causing a temptation to use and spend more.

b] Lower income groups do not consider long term finances so factors such as advertising, packaging or product placement are a ‘today’ concern rather that a long-term concern and buy whatever is cheap at their nearest venue depending on transport if a cheaper option is further away.

  1. 8)  a] Do you have any comment to make on how the food industry might be encouraged to do more to support or promote healthy and sustainable diets? b] Is Government regulation an effective driver of change in this respect?

a] I repeat: All food is healthy in moderation if you can cook. I get angrier by those politically correct people who have a personal financial agenda who get interviewed by the media about descriptive packaging explaining healthy options or calorie content which is all completely irrelevant if a varied nutritional diet is considered.

b] Government legislation will only confuse the consumer more-so with small print unreadable content of fat, calories, vitamins, ingredients, acidity and so on and so on, where will it stop?

  1. 9)  To what extent is it possible for the UK to be self-sufficient in producing healthy, affordable food that supports good population health, in a way that is also environmentally sustainable?

The UK is and always will be a nation of farmers killed off over the last 40 years by the EU. We still have the land and the passion that has not changed to produce healthy affordable food which is environmentally sustainable if British farmers were funded and treated fairly. Please consider the non-conforming vegetables that did not meet year after year the standards of the EU which meant the crop was allowed to rot even though good enough to eat, what a waste. The EU are guilty of why many farmers took their own life because of the stupidity of Brussel’s.

1 There is no universally accepted definition of food insecurity, but the most commonly used is: “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (e.g. without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing or other coping strategies).” (The Food Foundation, Too Poor to Eat: Food insecurity in the UK, May 2016, https://foodfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/FoodInsecurityBriefing-May-2016-FINAL.pdf. This definition was also used for the UK’s 2007 Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey.)

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10) Can efforts to improve food production sustainability simultaneously offer solutions to improving food insecurity and dietary health in the UK?

Give British farmers the chance to prove food production sustainability to supply cheap food to overcome food insecurity and dietary health without EU rules.

11)a] How effective are any current measures operated or assisted by Government, local authorities, or others to minimise food waste? b/c/d] What further action is required to minimise food waste?

a] There are too many measures operated by Government which makes the sale of food very complicated to reach the shelf.

b] Cut out the amount of ‘middle men’  required to get fresh food direct from the supplier to the shelf therefore having a longer shelf-life and cutting down on waste.

c] Dated food still perfectly OK that would normally be thrown away on a daily basis supply to Schools, Hospital or Old people homes for immediate use.

d] Re-train Chefs in these establishments to react to whatever produce is received.

12) a] A Public Health England report has concluded that “considerable and largely unprecedented” dietary shifts are required to meet Government guidance on healthy diets.2 b] What policy approaches (for example, fiscal or regulatory measures, voluntary guidelines, or attempts to change individual or population behaviour through information and education) would most effectively enable this? c] What role could public procurement play in improving dietary behaviours?

2 Scarborough, P, et al. Eatwell Guide: modelling the dietary and cost implications of incorporating new sugar and fibre guidelines, 2016, https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/12/e013182

a] Your Public Health report is wrong, people if they are hungry will eat what they are given. Do not pamper those that require a more expensive alternative, food is food.

b] No policy approaches or changes are required if all outlets sold at the same cost. For example: 2018 scandal there was a chicken supplier who packed chicken portions for different supermarkets. The same chicken portions were sold at different prices depending on which store the packed chicken arrived therefore making a huge profit to the more recognised brand name store.

c] Dietary behaviours start at an early age eating what they are given or are pampered and influenced by TV or social media celebrities which must stop by banning preferably or blocking all that is seen on social media.

  1. 13)  a] Has sufficient research been conducted to provide a robust analysis of the links between poverty, food insecurity, health inequalities and the sustainability of food production? b] How well is existing research on the impact of existing food policy used to inform decision making?

a] No, you cannot judge what is happening between poverty the alleged hunger (I refer to mobile phones accessibility to everyone including the alleged poor) which do not affect the health inequalities and the sustainability of food production if moderation is given to a daily diet.

b] Please consider how many poverty-stricken families there are that are obese. Does this mean they are starving? Government need to wise up to scroungers who will bleed the system without any input.

  1. 14)  a] What can the UK learn from food policy in other countries? b] Are there examples of strategies which have improved access and affordability of healthy, sustainable food across income groups?

a] Food is learned to be appreciated from a very young age in other countries and taught accordingly in their schools and home life which is completely the opposite in the UK where not everyone has the same opportunities across any income groups.

  1. 15)  Are there any additional changes at a national policy level that would help to ensure efforts to improve food insecurity and poor diet, and its impact on public health and the environment, are effectively coordinated, implemented and monitored?

Education! No one in the UK should be in a position of food insecurity and poor diet however fast food outlets must be restricted or taxed higher to outprice poor food with more stringent checks and severe fines if below the highest standard.

 

John Harding

11 September 2019