The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #43

date: 22/04/2020

Episode 43 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast




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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look at the impact of the pandemic on food. They discuss failures in the food supply chain in the UK and in the USA that has seen food shortages and queues at food banks stand side-by-side with production surpluses and the dumping of food that can’t be sold.

They also discuss the impact on more fragile supply chains globally and the rising threat of a food crisis especially in the Global South as a result of the pandemic and, even more seriously, the climate emergency.

Then they turn to Scotland specifically and look at ways that Scotland could reform its food sector to be more sustainable and more local.

Jonathon and Craig encourage listeners to email in to tell them about your food stories during lockdown. Have you been planting in your garden? Have you been involved with growing or distributing food in your community? Do you have any delicious lockdown recipe secrets? Email Craig and we’ll share some of your stories.

You can read Common Weal’s latest policy paper on a strategy to get Scotland out of lockdown here.

And the post-independence Green New Deal plan, Our Common Home.

More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-home

The books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.

And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.

Apologies for the drop in sound quality in this episode. This is due to the technical limitations imposed by the current UK lockdown.

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