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Diet, health and globalization: five key questions.
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PMID:  10466175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present paper explores possible implications of the globalization of the food system for diet and health. The paper poses five key questions to clarify the relationship between food and globalization. The first question is what is globalization. The paper suggests that it is helpful to distinguish between economic, political, ideological and cultural processes. Globalization is also marked by internal oppositional dynamics: there are re-localization and regional tendencies which counter the global. The second question is whether there is anything new about globalization. Food has been a much traded commodity for millennia. The paper concludes that what is new about the current phases of globalization is the pace and scale of the change, and the fact that power is being concentrated into so few hands. New marketing techniques and supply-chain management consolidate these features. The third question is who is in control of the globalization era and who benefits and loses from the processes of globalization. It is argued that modern food economies are hypermarket rather than market economies, with power accruing to the distributor more than has been recognized. The fourth question concerns governance of the food system. Historically, systems of local and national government have regulated the food supply where appropriate. Now, new international systems are emerging, partly using existing bodies and partly creating new ones. The final question is of the future. Globalization is a value-laden area of study, yet its implications for dietary change and for health are considerable. The paper argues that dimensions of change can be discerned, although it would be rash to bet on which end of each dimension will emerge as dominant in the 21st century.
T Lang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0029-6651     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc Nutr Soc     Publication Date:  1999 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-20     Completed Date:  1999-10-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505881     Medline TA:  Proc Nutr Soc     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  335-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Food Policy, Wolfson Institute of Health Sciences, Thames Valley University, Ealing, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Food Supply
Legislation, Food
Nutrition Policy

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