How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition (California
Studies in Food and Culture)
Publication Date: October 15, 2007
Marion Nestle (Author)
An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today's food revolution
and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and
concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement. This pathbreaking,
prize-winning book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.
Nutrition expert Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" explains how the formula for a healthy diet hasn't
changed. She advises that one should eat more plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables and whole
grains) and less meat, dairy and sweets. But this message collides with the interests of the food-
industrial complex, which makes the bulk of its profits by selling relatively expensive processed
foods. The book examines how corporations have successfully fought the health message by using a
number of overt and covert tactics to further their objectives at the public's expense. In fact, this business success story has resulted in a generation of Americans who are significantly
overweight compared with their predecessors. Nestle shows that public relations and government
lobbying result in obfuscation and mixed messages about the relative values of certain foods; this
generally confuses Americans and makes it difficult to get the "eat less" message. Interestingly,
she reveals that the amount of sweets and snack foods consumed are in almost exact proportion to the
advertising dollars spent promoting these foods, suggesting that limits on advertising junk food to
children might be a reasonable first step in addressing this problem.
But Nestle is particularly critical of the criminally poor quality of the nation's public school
lunch program and the "pouring rights" contracts struck with soft drink companies by cash-starved
school districts. Our country's apparent unwilingness to provide nutritious meals to our
schoolchildren is shameful, and Nestle should be congratulated for bringing the situation to light.
Other noteworthy sections of the book address the deregulation of dietary supplements and the
invention of "techno-foods", ie foods that have been fortified with vitamins, minerals or herbal
ingredients. The overall picture is one of regulators on the defensive and huckster capitalism run
rampant. While it was disturbing but not too surprising to learn about relatively obscure supplement
makers making absurd claims for products that have little scientifically proven value, it was
somewhat amusing to see a reprint of a short-lived advertisement for Heinz ketchup that promoted its
supposed cancer-fighting properties. It appears there are no limits to what kinds of food products
might be similarly reinvented by marketers in their quest for higher profits.
In the closing chapter, Nestle proposes a number of useful solutions. Her ideas are reasonable and
display a maturity gained through many years spent in government and academia. In an environment
where food choices and information surrounding food products are increasingly difficult to
understand, let's hope that this book inspires us all to demand greater accountability from the food
companies that feed us. Highly recommended!
Food Service Industry in the Philippines
by GINGER ARBOLEDA on Jul 13, 2010 • 7:30 am
Food is a basic necessity. The industry which deals with preparing food items/products refers to the
food service industry. The food service industry is and will always remain in high demand because of