November 02, 2006

For your own good

Tim Lang reviews What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating by Marion Nestle. He believes in a global food conspiracy whereby "particular constituencies benefit while everyone pays" and "land that should be producing food for health is producing food for wealth." He and "any decent consumer" want "health-enhancing, safe, environmentally benign, affordable, trustworthy food." But he does not find enough of it because policy is failing:
Health education doesn't work. Excess consumer choice is part of the problem.
People do not do what they are told. They have too much freedom of choice.
Dare we even think that, one day, the super-market chains might stop selling unnecessary food?
Why stop at food? Stores might stop selling unnecessary clothes, toys and books. Internet might stop publishing unnecessary blogs. Obesity and information overflow would come to an end.

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