Food. Everyone needs it. It’s one of those universal essentials that goes on regardless of a pandemic. But most of us are so used to getting it on our plate that we don’t worry about it how it got there, and whether the mechanisms which led it to get there are resilient. There is growing […]

Chickens coming home to roost


An important study was published yesterday from Bristol University on the possible economic repercussions of the Coronavirus lockdown. It found that a fall in GDP of more than 6.4 per cent could lead to more deaths than will be saved through beating the virus. “I’m worried that in order to solve one problem we’d create a bigger […]

It’s our health, or their markets


There will be no criticisms today (many of you will be relieved to read…). The situation is so urgent we just need to understand what is ahead of us and organise ourselves to deal with it as effectively as possible.  To explain what’s ahead, look at the case of Italy. The country had its first COVID-19 death […]

Save lives and reduce hardship – nothing else matters