Food

What makes an excellent food producer?

Angela Hartnett meets finalists for Best Food Producer in the BBC Food & Farming Awards 19
What does it take to produce delicious food of the highest quality in the UK in 2019? 

This year, it was the turn of chef, food writer, BBC TV presenter, and this year's head judge in the BBC Food and Farming Awards Angela Hartnett to find out. In this programme, Angela and Sheila Dillon spend a day with each of the finalists in the Best Food Producer category. Together, they visit three farms, in Cornwall, Herefordshire and Cumbria. Among the dedicated people they meet are Tanya the 'Duck Dabbler', a woman whose expertise in duck rearing are sought far and wide, Ed the 'first-time' farmer, working slowly and sustainably in the Black Mountains, and Martin whose dedication to making cheese extends even to the starter cultures themselves.  

Presented by Sheila Dillon
Produced by Clare Salisbury
Infected olive tree (Image courtesy of EPPO/D. Boscia, Istituto di Virologia Vegetale del CNR, Bari/F. Nigro, Università degli Studi di Bari/A. Guario, Plant Protection Service, Regione Puglia)

Mark Kinver

Environment reporter, BBC News

A disease posing a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry still poses a real threat to southern European producers, say experts.

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How can we feed 11 billion people?

The world’s population is set to grow to 11 billion. Can we feed this number of people?
The world’s population is set to grow from 7.7 to 11 billion by the end of this century. The challenge is to produce enough food to feed this number of people. In the 1960s the Green Revolution provided answers to similar problems – but the projected population growth of the future is on a much greater scale than before, and so new measures are required. In east Africa they’re working to reduce the amount of food that’s lost before it even gets to market – globally this stands at around 30 per cent. In the United States scientists are working to improve the natural process of photosynthesis – to make plants themselves function more efficiently. And in India they’re working to preserve genetic diversity – conserving rice varieties that can flourish in salt water or in conditions of drought.

Presenter: Kate Lamble
Producer: Tim Mansel