Summary: Provenance and pleasure, history and health - Radio 4's weekly look at food. Making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and factory. We place food in its historical and cultural context; call to account policy makers and industry decision makers; and celebrate the sheer pleasure of good food.
Sheila Dillon examines the reasons behind an apparent rise in food allergies and the resulting growth in free from foods.
Richard Johnson reports from Japan on the impact of the Fukushima disaster on food. How has the threat of contamination changed attitudes to the nation's prized food culture?
Sheila Dillon with authors Michael Pollan and Joanna Blythman on the shifting sands of our global diet.
Who makes sure our food is safe and how? A report on Britain's food safety net. Sheila Dillon finds out why the current system is under review.
Sheila Dillon looks at how people are clubbing together to buy budget and luxury food.
In these uncomfortable times, Sheila Dillon asks what role does food play in giving comfort?
Can a new wave of chefs and food writers change mainstream cuisine armed only with vegetable, grain and pulse? Sheila Dillon finds out. Featuring Yotam Ottolenghi, Denis Cotter, a van full of plastic flowers and 'pasta' made from radishes.
Sheila Dillon explains why supplies of cocoa around the world are facing a challenging future.
The Food Programme hears from the people coming up with new ideas and fresh thinking about how and where we produce food for the UK's future. From computer programmers creating networks for people trading food locally through to community supported market gardens, Sheila Dillon finds out how a new generation is coming up with radical models for growing, buying and selling food.
Guest Presenter John Inverdale casts a sporting eye over the catering provisions for the London Olympics, and explores how nutrition for athletes has developed since the last London Games of 1948.
Sheila Dillon reports on the major developments in the big food stories of 2011.
Tim Hayward and The Food Quiz team juggle more food history, trivia and recipe knowledge in pursuit of fun and gastronomic curiosity. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Abergavenny Food Festival, this New Year edition of the Radio 4 Food Quiz features panellists comedian Chris Neill, food writer Richard Johnson, television presenter Gizzi Erskine and restaurant insider Thomas Blythe.
Tim Hayward presents a special Christmas Day edition of The Food Quiz. Panellists Allegra McEvady, Richard Johnson and Chris Neill pit their gastronomic knowledge, grasp of food trivia and culinary history against each other.
Dan Saladino explores the past, present and future of the most British of drinks, gin. He hears how a new generation of distillers is testing the boundaries of a familiar flavour.
Dan Saladino exlores how higher food prices are changing what we buy and how we eat. From increases in food related crime to shortages of ingredients, what else is in store?