Third evidence hearing: Health
11am – 12.45pm Thursday 8th January in the William Penn Suite, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London
Witnesses: Martin Caraher (Centre for Food Policy at City University), Angela Donkin (Institute for Health Equity) and Dr Adam Oliver (LSE)
The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty is bringing together experts in food policy and related fields including health, the environment, and education to examine how poverty relates to the food system. The Commission will be sitting over the next year and will make recommendations towards the creation of a fair and sustainable food system. The Commission is chaired by Geoff Tansey.
The subject of this third hearing is Health. The health strand looks at the links between the food system, levels of nutrition and public health, including education and food in schools. The Commission will look at the roles of government and the food industry in improving public health levels.
The hearing was addressed by:
Martin Caraher is Professor of food and health policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University. Martin will draw from his extensive work on food, poverty and health to speak on the role of markets, planners and government to improve health and increase access to nutritious food.
Angela Donkin is Deputy Director at the Institute for Healthy Equity. Angela will be drawing on the work at the Institute of Healthy Equity as well as the Government commissioned Marmot Review into health inequalities to talk about health, diet, food, equity and poverty.
Dr Adam Oliver
Dr Adam Oliver is Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. Adam will draw from his work on behavioural economics and health to talk about food related health decisions and how that affects the supply of food.