The Politics of Fat: People, Power and Food and Nutrition Policy / Edition 1

The Politics of Fat: People, Power and Food and Nutrition Policy / Edition 1

by Laura S. Sims
     
 

ISBN-10: 076560194X

ISBN-13: 9780765601940

Pub. Date: 11/30/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Politics pervades every link in the food chain from the farm to the fork. It influences what foods we eat, how much they cost, what we know about them, and how safe they are. This book brings the point home by focusing on the vexing issue of dietary fat content - known to be a health menace but also an ingredient in many or most of our best-loved foods. Through

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Politics pervades every link in the food chain from the farm to the fork. It influences what foods we eat, how much they cost, what we know about them, and how safe they are. This book brings the point home by focusing on the vexing issue of dietary fat content - known to be a health menace but also an ingredient in many or most of our best-loved foods. Through this prism, Dr. Sims explores the politics of food assistance programmes (with a case study of the National School Lunch programme); agricultural policy (for example, the price premium paid to farmers for milk with high butterfat content); food content (with case studies of food labelling and the approval process for fat substitutes); and dietary change (with a case study of nutrition education programmes). The book concludes with consideration of the costs and benefits of government intervention and nonintervention in food policy from the supply side to the demand side and its consequences for human health (and happiness). "The Politics of Fat" shows how government policy affects not only breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also our between-meal snacks; explores the nexus of health policy and agricultural policy from price supports to trade policy; and is written in an accessible style enlivened by discussion-provoking case studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765601940
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/30/1997
Series:
Bureaucracies, Public Administration, and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IOverview and Approach1
Ch. 1Dietary Fat as a Public Policy Issue3
Ch. 2Policy Making - The Art of Sausage Making22
Pt. IIPublic Policy in the Food System43
Ch. 3Public Policy and Bureaucracy in the Food System45
Pt. IIIImplementing Public Policy in the Food System93
Ch. 4The Production of Fat Down on the Farm: How Much Do Federal Agricultural Policies Really Matter?99
For Further Consideration: The Tropical Oils "Wars"127
Ch. 5Government's Role in Food Processing: Regulating Fat as a Food Ingredient130
Ch. 6Government's Role in Food Marketing: Regulatory Approvals in the Food System158
Ch. 7Government as a Provider of Dietary Advice213
For Further Consideration: Commodity Promotion Programs222
Pt. IVSummary and Conclusions257
Ch. 8The Politics of Fat: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Be Headed?259
Notes275
Selected Bibliography299
Index303

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