Food Wars: The Global Battle for Mouths, Minds and Markets

Food Wars: The Global Battle for Mouths, Minds and Markets

by Tim Lang, Michael Heasman
     
 

The growth of a single global market is having far-reaching and profound effects on what we eat, with corresponding implications for public health. This is the first full examination, by two of the world's leading food policy experts, of these developments.From nutrition to antibiotics, from heart disease to food poisoning, what matters now is not just what we eat,… See more details below

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The growth of a single global market is having far-reaching and profound effects on what we eat, with corresponding implications for public health. This is the first full examination, by two of the world's leading food policy experts, of these developments.From nutrition to antibiotics, from heart disease to food poisoning, what matters now is not just what we eat, but how it has been produced, distributed and processed. A new, global politics of food and health is emerging. In the North the linkages of trade, food and health have been apparent in the reactions to BSE in beef and GM crops. In many developing countries endemic problems of a 'Western' diet have been imported, so that coronary disease, food-related cancers, obesity and diabetes are found alongside food shortages. The policy responses continue to be contradictory, with health ministries trying to stem the rise of food-related disease, while trade ministers commit their food and agriculture industries to the policies that cause the problems. The authors show how public health cannot be regarded as a barrier to 'free' trade, under agreements that allow powerful corporations and rich consumers to treat the world as their larder. Giving it the importance it demands will require a new, ecological and population-based conception of public health. There are many signs that this is emerging as one of the main political agendas of the new century. The book will be essential and stimulating reading for everyone professionally or academically involved — or merely concerned — with health policy, agricultural and food policy and globalization issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853837029
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University, London, UK. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation, including auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health. He frequently advises the government and related initiatives and was appointed to the Mayor of London's Food Board in 2010. He is a frequent commentator for the BBC on food policy.

Michael Heasman is Senior Lecturer in Food Policy and Management, Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management, Harper Adams University, Newport, UK. His previous positions include professorships at Aalborg University (Denmark) and the University of Alberta (Canada).

Table of Contents

1The food wars thesis11
2Diet and health : diseases and food47
3Policy responses to diet and disease98
4The food wars business126
5The consumer culture war184
6The quality war : putting public and environmental health together214
7Food democracy or food control?257
8The future283

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