This month, on 1 May, the tenth anniversary edition of Marion Nestle's Food Politics. How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health is. They don't have the kind of political clout that the big com- modity producers of corn and soybeans and wheat that gets processed do. -Marion Nestle. If you look . ON EVEN THE SHORTEST SHELF of books dedicated to explaining the American food system, Marion Nestle's Food Politics deserves a place of prominence.
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An accessible and balanced account,Food Politicslaid the groundwork for today's food revolution and changed the way we respond to food MARION NESTLE. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how (PDF, KB); The Ancillary Materials for the Edition of Food Politics are . Food Politics by Marion Nestle (no relation to the corporation) should be required reading for anyone who eats. A nutritionist and educator for 30 years.
While other nutrition academics have researched small byways of metabolism in the laboratory, Nestle has done the difficult research on food politics in the United States. In the first of the book's 5 sections, Nestle describes how food companies and farmers' associations have weakened consensus nutrition advice by putting pressure on nutritionists and government agencies.
She recalls how the familiar US Department of Agriculture food guide pyramid was toppled after intervention by the Cattlemen's Association, only to be officially adopted a year later more or less unchanged.
Nestle was one of those working behind the scenes to rescue the pyramid.
Today's government officials can be tomorrow's well-paid lobbyists in the revolving-door system of politics. Like other companies, food companies find ways to provide financial support to politicians' campaign committees.
Food companies have an explicit strategy of co-opting academic nutrition experts by identifying the leading experts and then hiring them as consultants or awarding them research grants.
As well as winning friends and disarming critics, companies may take critical community commentators to court—and have vastly more money for legal costs. When it comes to the mass production and consumption of food, strategic decisions are driven by economics--not science, not common sense, and certainly not health.
No wonder most of us are thoroughly confused about what to eat to stay healthy. An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics will forever change the way we respond to food industry marketing practices.
By explaining how much the food industry influences government nutrition policies and how cleverly it links its interests to those of nutrition experts, this path-breaking book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.
Author of Nutrition in Clinical Practice , she has served as a nutrition policy advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a member of nutrition and science advisory committees to the U. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. She is the author of Safe Food: From Science to Politics California, , among other books.
Books Digital Products Journals. About the Book We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars.
Nestle is most eloquent in her analyses of the relationship between government and industry.
And interpretation is influenced by the individual's point of view, which can become thoroughly entangled with the science. She received a Ph.
Nestle's research focuses on scientific and social factors that influence food choices and recommendations. She also writes a popular nutrition blog, Food Politics.
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Hobsbawm PDF eBook. I wrote Food Politics to help shift the conversation from the personal to the political. She received a Ph.
Illusions—such as the one that government nutrition policy is based strictly on science and is innocent of corporate meddling—crumbled, and the darker truth of the matter came clear.