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Food: From Bread Riots to Obesity

Cultural discussion show. Food - From Bread Riots to Obesity: Andrew Marr on food and politics with food writers Bee Wilson and William Sitwell, and economist Jane Harrigan.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr explores food and politics. Churchill charged Lord Woolton with the daunting task of feeding Britain during WW2. The food writer William Sitwell looks at the black markets and shop raids Woolton had to battle as the country teetered on the edge of anarchy. Economist Jane Harrigan argues that it was rising food prices that sowed the seeds for the Arab Spring Uprisings, and food historian Bee Wilson asks what governments can do now to control what we eat.

Producer: Hannah Sander.

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43 minutes

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Mon 27 Jun 2016 21:30

William Sitwell

William Sitwell is a food writer.

Eggs or Anarchy is published by Simon & Schuster.

Jane Harrigan

Jane Harrigan is Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London.

The Political Economy of Arab Food Sovereignty was published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Bee Wilson

Bee Wilson is a food writer.

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat is published by Fourth Estate.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Bee Wilson
Interviewed Guest William Sitwell
Interviewed Guest Jane Harrigan
Producer Hannah Sander


  • Mon 27 Jun 2016 09:00
  • Mon 27 Jun 2016 21:30