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

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The emergence of global markets has a far-reaching impact on what we eat and on health, food security, social justice and quality of life. What matters now is not just what we eat, but how and where it has been produced, distributed, and processed, and the assumptions upon which this production is based -- a global politics of food and health. Food Wars argues that two conflicting paradigms (one developing food through integrating the 'life sciences', the other through integrating 'ecology') are battling to replace the dominant industrial -- productionist model of the 20th century, both grappling to attract investment, public support and policy legitimacy over the appropriate use of biology and food technologies.
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'Food Wars is a heartening book which calls for a radical change in the way the world feeds itself. It offers a blueprint for a future where nobody goes to bed hungry.' - Derek Cooper, founder presenter of the BBC's Food Programme

'An important book that should be read by everyone who cares about how the way food is produced affects our own health as well as that of the environment and our national economies.' - Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, and Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837029
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • 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).

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Table of Contents

1 The food wars thesis 11
2 Diet and health : diseases and food 47
3 Policy responses to diet and disease 98
4 The food wars business 126
5 The consumer culture war 184
6 The quality war : putting public and environmental health together 214
7 Food democracy or food control? 257
8 The future 283
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    critique of global food market

    Lang and Heasman's book 'offers a panorama' of the modern-day, global food industry to impress on policy-makers, decision-makers in the industry, and the public that there are alternatives to the current practices which deliver much unhealthy food and at times leave food shortages in places. At the core of their recommended alternatives is a 'new conception of health...linking human and ecological health.' A professor and researcher respectively at London's City University, Lang and Heasman have a comprehensive grasp of the structure and workings of the food industry that goes beyond the perspectives and policies of any particular government or region. With this impressive grasp, they are able to propose workable alternatives to problems such as obesity, diabetes, and starvation caused mainly by shortsighted practices and ends of major institutions in the food industry.

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