The Food Chain

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The Food Chain

The school cooks

Three school chefs tell Ruth Alexander what it’s like serving up canteen food every day. Find...

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Is this ultra processed?

Have you heard of ultra processed food? In 2010 a group of Brazilian scientists said we should...

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Table talk

What do you and your family chat about at dinner? We eavesdrop on conversations over food all...

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Detroit's urban farmers

The city of Detroit in the United States has a lot of vacant space – as much as a quarter of...

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Rebuilding Turkey’s food culture

In February 2023, two earthquakes devastated parts of Turkey. The disaster claimed the lives of...

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Is Chinese food the best in the world?

Chinese food is popular and successful around the world. But is it afforded the respect it...

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How to invent an apple

Have you ever wondered why the apple you bite in to is so crisp and juicy? And why it’s available...

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The preservers

Humans have preserved food to make it last longer for thousands of years. In this programme Ruth...

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Another year away from home

Ruth Alexander talks to two families displaced by the war in Ukraine, as they reflect on their...

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Festive food stories

We take a trip around the world with BBC World Service presenters and listeners, finding out...

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Feed your brain

Our brains require 20% of our body’s energy intake, despite making up, on average, only 2% of our...

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How to stop cooking killing

It’s estimated that more than 2 billion people use polluting stoves - with severe consequences...

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Pesticide exports

Many countries allow the manufacture and export of pesticides that are banned for use in their...

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Food for new mums

Seaweed soup, aniseed sprinkles on toast, pig trotter soup and fried chicken. In this episode...

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Eco scores on food labels

The European Union wants to introduce one system for scoring the sustainability of food products....

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How to read a menu

Pan fried, artisanal, gourmet: there's a fashion for foodie words. Why? In this episode, Ruth...

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Cooking in extreme places

Wherever humans go, whatever we do, we need to eat. In this programme, we meet the people...

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Why is food so expensive in Ghana?

Ghana’s inflation rate is one of the highest in the world, much of it driven by rising food...

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The rise of private chefs

This week, Ruth Alexander is exploring the growing market for professional home cooking and...

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How to feed a city

More than half of us globally now live in cities. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, that...

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