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In a world increasingly run for profit, where wars are waged for oil, where people live their lives in fear of asylum seekers, and in a world in which the most powerful man is generally agreed to be closer to a primate than Nigel the chimp, a small group of people have determined to challenge the supremacy of fear and intolerance and achieve social change through gastronomy.

Tired of waiting for governments to make any significant progress in reassessing their priorities, Food Not Bombs comes to Brighton to show them how to do it. ‘It’, in this context, is how to feed the large percentage of people in the UK and all over the world who go hungry every day, for no extra cost to the taxpayer or government. In fact, not only does it not cost anything, reduces the appalling amount of food waste which is produced each year, thereby saving the government the cost of disposal.

Food Not Bombs has a long history of peaceful protest, campaigning against war and poverty, and supplying free hot vegetarian food to demonstrations. Food is donated by small food shops and (in theory) supermarkets when it can no longer be sold but is still usable. The group then cooks up veggie meals and distributes them to the hungry. The organisers see Food Not Bombs as "direct action towards creating a world free from domination, coercion and violence." It isn’t easy to see how giving out free food is going to rid the world of its evils, but it may be an excellent start.

Currently Food Not Bombs Brighton is still in its foetal stage as the first meeting was only held last week. However, with plenty of enthusiastic volunteers already donning their chefs hats, the movement has a lot of potential. And it’s heart-warming to know that ‘radical politics’ can take such friendly - and filling - action.