By Brigitte Nerlich, Marianne E. Lien
Is buying nutrition fairly a political act?
Why is it that, in an international with adequate foodstuff for everybody, extra humans than ever move hungry?
Why did the French resistance opposed to genetically changed meals turn into a struggle opposed to McDonalds?
Why did the foot-and-mouth epidemic within the united kingdom develop into an issue for consumers?
Capable of connecting human our bodies to summary countries, and techno-science to ethical matters, nutrients has develop into the most contested fields of our time. it really is excessive at the political time table through the global. With ailment, infection, famine, starvation and imbalanced foodstuff markets all unlucky realities, a ebook that interrogates the politics of foodstuff is lengthy overdue.
From the BSE outbreak within the Nineteen Nineties via to cultural taboos and the genetic amendment of produce and cattle, this well timed e-book increases provocative questions on how we relate to foodstuff within the twenty first century. fresh nutrients scandals and genetically transformed organism controversies have shattered the concept 'food is food' as we have now regularly identified it, and uncovered primary dilemmas concerning threat and keep an eye on. Taking as its place to begin the basis that nutrients is politicized in arenas now not quite often regarded as political, The Politics of foodstuff explores matters surrounding the improvement of world foodstuff markets in underdeveloped international locations and addresses contemporary occasions that experience had a profound influence on how shoppers suppose approximately what they devour. The epidemic of foot-and-mouth affliction that swept in the course of the united kingdom in 2001 spawned a sequence of questions about the genuine charges of inexpensive foodstuff. What classes were realized? and the way are meals offerings associated with the politics of nutrition markets?
With globalization, nutrition has more and more develop into entangled in webs of political importance. via ethnographic case stories, this publication finds how nutrients has come to serve a key position in political resistance, grassroots activism and nation-building. someone drawn to globalization, foodstuff protection, or what meals offerings say approximately meals politics will locate this ebook crucial reading.
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5 This resonated with images of FMD as a plague visited on the UK as a price we had to pay for our craving for cheap food, our mismanagement of the countryside, our overindulgence and greed, or, as George Monbiot, professor of politics, Guardian columnist and author of Captive State (Monbiot 2000), wrote in his seminal article, published on 27 February: 02 Politics of Food 28/7/04 5:32 pm Page 43 Risk, Blame and Culture • 43 ‘These practices [intensive farming], we are told, permit us all to enjoy cheap food.
See Green Party 2001; What Price Cheap Food? ’, Trewin 2001a). 1). It should be stressed from the outset that the question implies a contrast between (open) cheapness and (hidden) cost that invites further, mainly negative, inferences and comparisons, which are mostly in line with an anti-capitalist and green agenda. What Price Cheap Food? A day after the first case of FMD had been announced, on 21 February, Derek Brown reported in the Guardian that ‘Digby Scott, commenting today on the estimable national pig association website, puts down the FMD outbreak to “supermarket greed and the drive for globalisation at all costs [which] has turned this country into a cesspit for the world’s cheapest meat and meat products”’ (Brown 2001, italics added).
Yet no one seems to stop to count the true cost of ‘cheap food’. (Fort 2001a, italics added) During the whole of the cheap-food debate, UK consumers were either accused of triggering the farming crisis by demanding cheap food, or warned that they were paying directly or indirectly for a policy of cheap food, or they were exhorted to change their attitude toward cheap food, or else they were advised that if they wanted to live healthy, ethical and environmentally friendly lives they would have to pay more for their (organic) food.