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Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society

Tim Lang, David Barling, and Martin Caraher


For over half a century, food policy has mapped a path for progress based upon a belief that the right mix of investment, scientific input, and human skills could unleash a surge in productive capacity which would resolve humanity's food-related health and welfare problems. It assumed that more food would yield greater health and happiness by driving down prices, increasing availability, and feeding more mouths. In the 21st century, this policy mix is quietly becoming unstuck. In a world marred by obesity alongside malnutrition, climate change alongside fuel and energy crises, water stress alo ... More

Keywords: productive capacity, food-related health, welfare problems, availability, obesity, malnutrition, climate change, water stress, social inequalities, environmental damage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567882
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Lang, author
Professor of Food Policy, City University, London, UK

David Barling, author
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Food Policy, City University, London, UK

Martin Caraher, author
Associate Dean and Reader in Food and Health Policy, City University, London, UK