Food Chain, The

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2014103120141103 (WS)

The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and w...

The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.

Food And The Fall Of The Berlin Wall2014111420141117 (WS)

As politics changes - does our food follow suit?

As politics changes does our food follow suit? We hear how food tastes and names have altered according to the politics of the day.

Mangalitsa for example - a type of hairy pig - fell out of favour in communist times in Hungary, but is now back on the menu as a premium dish.

In China Kung Po chicken became known as Hongbao Jiding or Hula Jiding during the Cultural Revolution because it originally derived its name from an imperial official.

And 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Domklause restaurant in the DDR museum is serving up food from an era when the city was divided.

Why Do We Waste So Much Food?20141107

About a third of what’s produced for human consumption isn’t eaten. We look at why the food we grow doesn’t always make it to our plate.

It's not just the leftovers from a big meal. There are many ways that food gets wasted along the supply chain: the wheat that escapes the thresher, the apple that rolls off the truck on the way to the factory, or the tomatoes that rot while they are waiting to be sold. In emerging markets like China and India, attitudes toward food waste are changing.

Elsewhere new technology is being developed to keep our food lasting longer.