Publications produced by the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty will be published on this page.
A Recipe for Inequality
This interim report shows clearly that those on the lowest incomes are the ones losing out from our food system.
Food price rises have disproportionately hit low-income households since 2013 and now those on lower incomes spend a greater proportion of their budget – between 16 per cent and 35 per cent – on food. Combined with increases in housing and energy costs, those on the lowest incomes are moving closer to crisis.
And while the proliferation of supermarkets and the rise of the discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl has held food prices down for consumers, it has come at the cost of huge pressure on the food supply chain. Low pay and zero hour contracts are rife in the food workforce and the search for ever-cheaper ingredients led to the 2013 horsemeat scandal.