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Historical food, interfaith dining and food wars

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 December 2013

Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, head of the Manchester Beth Din; Father Ian Delinger, a chaplain at the University of Chester and Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques, share a meal together in which each has made a course which highlights certain religious significances for their faiths.

The BBC's Delhi Correspondent Soutik Biswas talks to William about an ambitious new Food Security Bill which recently became law in India.

There's been a well-documented growth in the number of Food Banks across the country in recent years. It's estimated 80 per cent of Anglican parishes are involved in providing free food to people on low incomes. Bob Walker's been visiting food banks in Nottingham to look at the work of the different religions in providing food for those in need.

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, talks to William about their goals and stumbling blocks for 2014.

Ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans, generals and politicians have used their ability to supply or withhold food as a way to control both their friends and their enemies. Those who suffer the most are the weakest, especially children. What can be done to stop food being used as a weapon of war? Tim Lang from City University and Justin Byworth from World Vision discuss.

And food historian Ivan Day shares with us some traditional seasonal recipes for food and drink.

Producers:
Carmel Lonergan
Annabel Deas

Series Producer:
Amanda Hancox

Contributors:
Ertharin Cousin
Tim Lang
Justin Byworth
Soutik Biswas
Zulfi Karim
Father Ian Delinger
Rabbi Yehuda Brodie.

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