Action needed on food crisis
A CITY MP is calling for children to be taught how to grow and cook food as part of the national curriculum.
Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley branded the national food system as "failing" after a wide-ranging review by the Government's Environmental Audit Committee, which she chairs.
The cross-party committee of MPs also called for a ban on junk food adverts aimed at children on the internet.
Ms Walley said: "Our food system is failing.
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"Obesity and diet-related illness is on the increase, fewer young people are being taught how to cook or grow food, and advertisers are targeting kids with junk food adverts on the internet.
"At the same time the world faces growing fears about food security as the population increases and the climate destabilises as a result of forest destruction and fossil fuel use.
"The Government is understandably sceptical about anything that seems like nanny-statism but the evidence is clear, intervention is needed to tackle obesity and fix our food system."