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Food Security

Does food security - the ability to produce our own food - matter in 21st-century Britain? Charlotte Smith debates the issue with farmers' leaders and economists.

Britain last produced all its own food at the end of the eighteenth century. Since then, our levels of food security - growing what we eat ourselves - have risen and fallen depending on world markets, domestic politics, and war. Now, in an unstable world, many people in farming argue that food security should once again be a real concern. But is that just a marketing ploy? In episode 8 of Against the Grain, Charlotte Smith debates the issue with farmers' leaders and economists.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

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15 minutes