Comments Prior to Questionnaire:
An observation: Your wording to your questions are very ambiguous causing confusion to the answer you require.
What is healthy food?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hunger and food security are in the hands of the individual.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 September 2019