the friend online
24 October 2008


The ethics of food - preview

Terry Wood looks at how we can all help to alleviate food poverty

I remember, in the awful winter of 1962-3, as a young student in Edinburgh for a veterinary students’ congress, hearing Ritchie Caulder give an apocalyptic talk visualising the ‘have nots’ in their millions spurred on by lack of food and of hope attacking the ‘haves’ in the west and being repulsed with more and more lethal weapons

  • It was one of the very first ‘political’ talks to really move me

  • Time has moved on and, for a time, with the ‘green revolution’, debt relief, the Fairtrade movement and other high profile initiatives to seek to redress the inequalities, it became almost possible to feel that things were slowly improving
  • Now we see unequivocally that they are not, and as Quakers ‘the Light in our consciences’ starts to burn very brightly, and rightly so – but, at risk of hopelessly mixing my metaphors, let us tilt at the right windmills

  • Terry Wood

    This is a preview of the full article - to see the whole thing, or to post a comment you need to login, or alternatively you could try a free sample!


    This week's .pdf
    In this week's online edition... rss edition

    News round-up
    YFGM round-up
    Oliver Robertson
    Spreading effective tools for outreach
    Mary Jo Clogg
    The ethics of food
    Terry Wood
    Miriam Yagud & Jennifer Barraclough
    ‘How will you get rid of their accents?’
    Justin Webb
    The Quaker who made us laugh
    Judy Kirby
    Border Country
    Oliver Robertson
    Equipping for action
    Sunniva Taylor
    News Extra
    National Quaker Week extra
    Jez Smith

    Things to do, where to stay, people to see etc...

    download this issue

    save this page

    most recent comments:
    Letters, Ala
    Quaker approach to business under the spotlight, David Hitchin
    Tackling the pay gap from both ends, anonymous poster
    Some more equal than others?, anonymous poster
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    The centrality of worship, Andrew Hatton, Maldon LM, Essex
    In the care of the Meeting?, chrissie hinde
    Lockerbie grief and justice, Jennifer Barraclough
    The centrality of worship, Peter Arnold
    The top ten reasons (plus three) why bottled water is a blessing, Fee Berry
    Letters, David Hitchin
    Marriage and committed relationships, Fee Berry
    George Fox and same gender partnership, Chris Bagley
    Marriage and committed relationships, Chris Bagley
    Meeting for meditation?, Barry
    Meeting for ‘weorthscipe’?, Gerard Guiton
    Report shows that all is not well in multicultural Britain, chrissie hinde
    Johann Sebastian Bach and the Jews, Peter Arnold
    Prisons: our growth industry, Peer Arnold

    Save on your phone bills with:
    the phone co-op - your voice counts