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Food safety prompts ‘Age of Anxiety’

Wasted food in a bin

A new study examines growing concerns over food security 

A man stands in a maize field inspecting crops

The use of food crops such as maize for fuel has been controversial. Image credit Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Anxieties over food safety and security are not just personal pathologies, but also have ‘important social dimensions’.

This is what Professor Peter Jackson of the University of Sheffield is to argue in an upcoming public talk at Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building. It is, he believes, a “major current issue” with implications for urbanisation, sustainability and climate change.

He contends that much needs to be done, including “changing our diets, eating seasonal food, growing our own fruit and vegetables and a host of other local initiatives.”

The talk follows a Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety (CONANX) study conducted by Jackson and his colleagues. Among other conclusions, they found that 51% of respondents believed that food is less safe now than 10 years ago.

The talk will be held on 26 November at 5.30pm.

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