The plea to “Buy British” has rung in the ears of consumers for several years now so Prince Charles’ words should not sound too alien to us. Indeed, The Scotsman newspaper has today informed readers of a “pioneering Scottish food and drink pledge” taken by businesses including the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh Airport and NorthLink Ferries.

The complexity of issues surrounding our food will be explored this week at Food Matters Live, a 3-day event held at London’s ExCel Centre.

Those who participate will be faced with a fabulous pick and mix of themes and speakers: the dilemma is not what to attend – but what not to attend!

As the Christmas season approaches, when food plays a central role for most families, Food Matters Live provides an opportunity to think beyond the food that we see on our plates.