Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Marion Nestle

We all witness, in advertisements and on grocery store cabinets, the fierce festival for our nutrients funds. during this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle is going backstage to bare how the contest relatively works and the way it impacts our overall healthiness. The abundance of foodstuff within the United States--enough energy to fulfill the wishes of each guy, lady, and baby two times over--has a draw back. Our over-efficient foodstuff needs to do every thing attainable to cajole humans to consume more--more nutrition, extra usually, and in higher portions--no topic what it does to waistlines or well-being.

Like production cigarettes or construction guns, making nutrition is enormous company. foodstuff businesses in 2000 generated approximately $900 billion in revenues. they've got stakeholders to thrill, shareholders to meet, and govt laws to accommodate. it truly is however surprising to profit accurately how foodstuff businesses foyer officers, co-opt specialists, and extend revenues by means of advertising to young children, participants of minority teams, and other people in constructing international locations. We research that the nutrition performs politics in addition to or greater than different industries, no longer least simply because a lot of its job happens outdoor the general public view.

Editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's document on meals and well-being, Nestle is uniquely certified to guide us during the maze of nutrition pursuits and impacts. She vividly illustrates nutrition politics in motion: watered-down executive nutritional recommendation, colleges pushing tender beverages, nutrition supplementations promoted as though they have been First modification rights. by way of the mass creation and intake of foodstuff, strategic judgements are pushed via economics--not technological know-how, no longer good judgment, and positively now not future health. No ask yourself such a lot people are completely careworn approximately what to consume to stick healthy.

An obtainable and balanced account, Food Politics will eternally swap the best way we reply to meals advertising practices. via explaining how a lot the meals impacts executive foodstuff rules and the way cleverly it hyperlinks its pursuits to these of meals specialists, this path-breaking ebook is helping us comprehend extra basically than ever earlier than what we devour and why.

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