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The Politics of Fat: People, Power and Food and Nutrition Policy : People, Power and Food and Nutrition Policy - Laura S. Sims

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

People, Power and Food and Nutrition Policy

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1998
ISBN: 9780765601933
Number Of Pages: 328

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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.

Overview and Approach
Dietary Fat as a Public Policy Issue
Understanding the Policymaking Process
Public Policy in the Food System
Food and Nutrition Policy: Government and the Food Chain
Reinventing School Lunch: An Attempt to Transform Food Policy to Nutrition Policy
Implementing Public Policy in the Food System
Government's Role in Agriculture: The Production of Fat on the Farm
Government's Role in Food Processing: Regulating Fat as a Food Ingredient
Olestra: Regulatory Approval of the "Non-Fat" Fat
Government's Role in the Marketing of Food: Identifying Fat As a Food Ingredient
Food Labeling Reform: Dismantling the "Tower of Babel"
Government's Role as Dietary Advice Provider: Recommending a Low-Fat Diet
Dietary Guidelines
The Food Guide Pyramid
Summary and Conclusions
The Politics of Fat: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Be Headed?
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ISBN: 9780765601933
ISBN-10: 0765601931
Series: Bureaucracies, Public Administration, & Public Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 31st March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.85  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.61