This can happen to you: Lessons for food policy

Published June 12, 2017

Professor Tim Lang states that we have to put people at the absolute centre of the food transformation in his EAT Talk on the post-Brexit period, and says that the destabilization from Brexit serves as a warning that no country can work alone.

«Don't try to do it alone» Professor Tim Lang

“There are big lessons here for academics like me, but number one is a philosophical issue. You have to expect ebbs and flows, forwards and backwards, things going wrong. And you won’t survive those as a progress towards a better food system unless you build a food movement. That’s what this is about.”


Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University’s Centre for Food Policy since 2002. He was a hill farmer in the 1970s, and for the last 38 years has engaged in public and academic research and debate about food policy. He has been an advisor to many bodies, from the European Commissioner for the Environment to the Mayor of London. He was Commissioner on the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission from 2006 to 2011. He is co-author of Ecological Public Health (Routledge, 2012), Food Policy (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Food Wars (Earthscan, 2004).