Nestle, nutrition chair at New York University and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General Report, has served her time in the dietary trenches and is ideally suited to revealing how government nutritional advice is watered down when a message might threaten industry sales. (Her report on byzantine nutritional food-pyramid rewordings to avoid "eat less" recommendations is both predictable and astonishing.) She has other "war stories," too, that involve marketing to children in school (in the form of soft-drink "pouring rights" agreements, hallway advertising, and fast-food coupon giveaways), and diet-supplement dramas in which manufacturers and the government enter regulation frays, with the industry championing "free choice" even as that position counters consumer protection. Is there hope? "If we want to encourage people to eat better diets," says Nestle, "we need to target societal means to counter food industry lobbying and marketing practices as well as the education of individuals." It's a telling conclusion in an engrossing and masterfully panoramic exposé. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And, Food Politics is written in a very clear and concise manner.
February 22 is also the date that noted industry flack Steven Milloy of the "Junk Science Home Page" (...) wrote a review trashing Nestle's book.
If you don't accept that message, you have been *brainwashed*, and this book will show you just how it happened.
This book was required for one of my classes. I loved it. It explained to me all the politics behind what rules govern the foods we eat. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
An eye-opening expose! Very good and full of information. The US system needs to be changed. I used it for a class I took in college. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by lydia
This book was a difficult read. The information about the history of each change to the food pyramid (something none of us should use as a dietary guide anyway) was particularly... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Jodi-Hummingbird
This book is an academic look at the inner workings of food politics in the U.S. The information is sound, balanced, well-researched, and presented in a very understandable, albeit... Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Psucarrierae
I haven't finished reading the book yet, but it is defiantly a eye opener. I think everyone should read this book. it should be a required reading for high school age students.Published on May 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book by nutrition expert Marion Nestle. Reading it really change my life. The information within this book really opened my mind to what is really happening,... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by D. Keough
There's much to say about Nestle's "Food Politics" and "What To Eat," but the overarching message is that the food industries lie compulsively in order to maximize profits. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Stephen R. Laniel
When I came back to USA in 1990 from Japan after 10 years, I was a little shocked. It's there are so many obese. Read morePublished on June 18, 2006 by Michiko
I found this book to be very informative about the political workings of the food industry. I agree with several other reviewers that it is a little dull and in an factual style... Read morePublished on November 29, 2005 by Non-Redneck in a Redneck State