Joint Agency Research Summary;

Delicious, Disgusting, Dangerous: Eating in a Time of Food Price Volatility (summary)

Published on 3 November 2015

This is a Summary of the third year results of the study Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, which uncover the realities of what people on low and precarious incomes are eating.

For the consumer, there are undeniable benefits from the integration of world food trade: more stable supply, wider choice. Changes in food habits mean people are finding new ways to enjoy food and new foods to enjoy, often with greater convenience and ease. There is much to savour in the eating landscape as new markets for purchased and prepared foods open up. But the loss of control this brings has detrimental impacts on wellbeing.

Most people feel they understand little about how new foods affect their health and nutrition; knowledge that they had accrued over generations and longer with respect to their customary cuisines. People have real worries about a new culture of fast food and fake food; they worry about additives, nourishment and food hygiene, and they feel that governments do too little to protect them from the risks.

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Naomi Hossain

Research Fellow

Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

Publication details

published by
IDS and Oxfam
Hossain, N., King, R., Wanjiku Kelbert, A., Scott-Villiers, P. and Chisholm, N.


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