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Simon, a health policy expert and law professor, skewers the food industry for undermining the health of Americans with "nutrient deficient factory made pseudofoods." In lawyerly fashion, she explains the ABCs of the business imperative of "Big Food" (Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and McDonald's, among many others): make short-term profit without regard to the product's nutritional value or societal effects. Permissible tactics, she says, include false advertising, sham "healthy" food initiatives and co-opting the government, press and academia. Simon also argues that food-industry advocates use front groups to attack critics and spread misinformation about nutritional needs. Simon also chastises her fellow food activists for applauding all "steps in the right direction," no matter how inadequate; the press for its passive publication of scientifically dubious industry statements; and the government for abandoning effective regulation of the food industry. Her case made, Simon offers a host of suggestions and a manual-like set of directions to parents and other food activists on how to work with legislatures, school boards and the media to create a "just food system" that is "sustainable, affordable, accessible, and convenient." (Nov.)
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America's fast-food purveyors, beverage industry, and processed-food manufacturers conspire with pliant government regulators to seduce a gullible populace into eating habits that ultimately lead to ill health. So Simon, a health-policy attorney, argues in this volume. Defending their own actions as preservation of people's right to choose, these corporations and the government agencies charged with monitoring them actually restrict consumers' range of choices. This hegemony, Simon contends, leads ineluctably to the present national plagues of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other nutrition-related sickness. Simon expresses particular outrage at how the beverage industry, which so often controls schoolhouse vending machines, has tried to restrict children's choices for break-time snacks and drinks. Among the more controversial recommendations that Simon makes, nutrition labeling of restaurant meals presupposes that chefs exercise more consistency than creativity. Simon also fears that concerns about obesity often misfocus on symptoms, not causes. Mark Knoblauch
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Excellent read. Shocking and quite frankly, sad that corporate profits are put before public health. Read morePublished 6 months ago by GP
Michele Simon does an excellent job of painting a clear picture of our broken nutritional system. Appetite for Profit should be required reading for all who eat.Published 10 months ago by Bruce Friedrich
Very repetitive and much more oriented to the politics of the big food companies than I thought it would be. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Windy1
Although I can't say I learned anything new about corporate food in this book, the organization of the information was excellent and the presentation clear and precise. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Denise Domning
All parents must read this book. If you do not want to buy this book, please get it from your local library and read it. And if possible, get your children to read this book. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Encee
Learn more about how companies taint food to addict you and keep you coming back. this is sick! but it should not be surprising toanyone.Published on April 25, 2013 by Judy
I've only read so far about 75 pages of this book and have gotten kind of bored with it. The author repeats over and over again the various methods the food industry uses to... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by N. Stone
Nothing in this book was all that surprising, but I am glad that someone had the back bone to put it writing. This book has a message that needs to get out into the public. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Raychel83
I agree with comments found in other five star reviews. It's demoralizing to see how ethically challenged Factory Food spokesmen are. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Gerhardt J. Steinke