Magazine article New Internationalist

Sugar; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sugar; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

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PERSONALLY, I blame rationing. While I was growing up, through the years of post-war austerity, food was scarce in Britain and dispensed rather like medicine: cod-liver oil, concentrated orange juice, milk, malt, porridge, offal, greens, more greens... To buy sweets you needed coupons, and there was no TV. So I grew up pretty healthy - a priceless asset I've been squandering ever since.

All the same, I blame rationing for my sweet tooth. Anything that was rationed, like sweets or meat, had mystique. If it wasn't desirable, why was it rationed? By the time rationing was lifted I'd already acquired my sweet, carnivorous tooth.

Which has little to do with what this magazine was originally supposed to be about. It was conceived as the next in our series on fair trade and `commodities' like bananas, cocoa and coffee. …

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