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Thank you so much for attending the Centre for Food Policy's Food Thinkers event, held Sept 19, 2023.  (If you weren't able to attend, this website will post the link soon.) 

I enjoyed speaking with you, and hearing some of your probing questions and comments. Happily, I'll have an opportunity to peruse those in detail, as the organizers will be sending me a copy of the entire Q&A and Chat.  My plan is to write further posts on the issues you have raised.

My main hope in this presentation was to underscore the need for bold approaches in climate and food.   As I said, I analyze the British food programs of World War II as having been bold in the following ways:

  • more government leadership in food
  • more mandates to require crisis-ready production and consumption
  • more engagement of all citizens in what was a national project for survival.

My decade-long research journey on this topic has introduced me to many excellent resources.  As promised, I have listed just a few of these below. Please forgive the non-standard, and non-alphabetical, list!  I hope you'll find some of these resources as informative and inspiring as I have.

Please comment to this email with any additional thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on this controversial and important topic of rousing support for climate and for food systems. 



Collingham, Lizzie. The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. 2011. Penguin.

Evans, Bryce. Feeding the People in Wartime Britain. 2022. Bloomsbury.

Short, Brian et al., eds. The front line of freedom: British Farming in the Second World War. 2006.  British Agricultural History Society.

Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jane. The Ministry of Food: Thrifty Wartime Ways to Feed Your Family.  2010. Imperial War Museum.

Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina. et al. Food and War in Twentieth-Century Europe. Routledge.

Brassley, Paul, et al. eds. War, Agriculture, and Food: Rural Europe from the 1930s to the 1950s. 2012. Routledge.

Trentmann, Frank and Flemming Just. Food and Conflict in Europe in the Age of the Two World Wars. 2006. Palgrave Macmillan.

Dawes, Laura.  Fighting Fit: The Wartime Battle for Britain's Health. 2016. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Patten, Marguerite. The Wartime Kitchen: Nostalgic Food and Facts from 1940-1954.  1995. Hamlyn.

Klein, Seth. A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. 2020. ECW Press.

Judt, Tony. Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century. 2008. Penguin.


EAT-Lancet Commission.  2019. Food in the Anthropocene: Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems.   The Planetary Health Diet.

Mason, Pamela and Tim Lang. Sustainable Diets: How Ecological Nutrition can Transform Consumption and the Food System.  2017. Earthscan.

Lang, Tim.  Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them. 2021. Pelican.

Cusworth, G. et al. Green rebranding: Regenerative agriculture, future-pasts, and the naturalization of livestock.  2022.

Nourish Scotland. What would Boyd Orr Do?   Magazine Issue 6. January 2017

Reynolds, Christian, et al., eds.  2020. Routledge Handbook of Food Waste. Earthscan.


D'Silva, Joyce and John Webster. The Meat Crisis: Developing More Sustainable Production and Consumption. 2010. Earthscan.

Funke, F. et al.  Toward Optimal Meat Pricing: Is it Time to Tax Meat Consumption?  2022. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy.

Kanerva, Minna. Consumption Corridors and the Case of Meat.  2022. Journal of Consumer Policy.

Cox, Stan. Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing. 2013. The New Press.

Clapp, Jennifer. The Rise of Big Food and Agriculture: Corporate Influence in the Food System. 2022.



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