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H&P encourages historians to use their expertise to shed light on issues of the day. If you are interested in submitting an opinion piece for publication, please see our editorial guidelines. We currently have 313 Opinion Articles listed by date and they are all freely searchable by theme, author or keyword.

The need for a new National Food Policy: food supply problems during national emergencies

Supply chain inadequacies and agricultural worker shortages - the Covid crisis is highlighting the lack of a coherent and integrated national food policy, say John Martin and James P. Bowen

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Chlorinated chicken, the European ‘museum of farming’ and the agricultural revolution of the future

John Martin and James P. Bowen take issue with claims that a 'museum of farming' approach by the EU has constrained British agriculture - which has been strongly innovative while maintaining high welfare standards

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Brexit and the great British breakfast

James P. Bowen and John Martin identify the agricultural sector's challenges - seasonal fruit-pickers are the best publicised part of the problem, but the permanent workforce will be affected too.

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The poor still can’t cook

Initial responses to the recent All-Party Parliamentary report, Feeding Britain, reveal that the poorest in society face similar economic difficulties – and attitudes – to those found a century ago. Jennifer Doyle explores public debates about food and women during the First World War. 

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Break the taboo on horsemeat - or food fraud will continue

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Liberal manoeuvring in the real green economy

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