Poor Families Need Cheap Chicken, say Delia

Delia smith has hit back at fellow celebrity chefs turned campaigners with the assertion that proper nutrition for poorer families is more important than animal welfare.

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Smith said that cheaper, intensively farmed chickens are necessary to feed families that can't afford organic, free range meat.

"I certainly don't like the way battery chickens are reared but, on the other hand, I'm aware we still have a lot of poverty, particularly among children, and I feel that's a disgrace and we have got to make sure everybody gets enough nutritious food to eat in the first place," she said.

Smith said she could not get involved in the "politics of food" and railed against the obsession with organic, warning that the world's population could not be fed on organic food alone.

"If the whole world goes organic then the state of the Third World will really be twice as bad as it is at the moment, and I'm much more interested in people getting enough to eat," she said.

Delia's first new cookbook in four years, How to Cheat at Cooking, has been top of Amazon's best-sellers chart all this week, beating Nigella Lawson's Nigella Express and Oliver's Jamie At Home.

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