The Politics of Food Consumption

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The Politics of Food Consumption There has been a growing flow of subsidized and industrially produced American corn into the Mexican market. The result is that corn prices are subjected to this new pressure, to the disadvantage of small-scale corn farmers who simply cannot compete. o Prices of corn tortillas rise in Mexico, because of a large concentration of control in the market for corn flour in the hands of 2 companies Consumption end of the food chain – nutritional knowledge that is supposed to guide our food choices is influenced by the food industry Bottlenecks in the “hourglass” shaped chain of food production o Last week disempower people who grow food o Have implications for the kinds of food and prices that consumers encounter Food politics at the consumer end o Food production (industry) influence on the public discourse about diet Food Market Shares Food industry influence o The state wishes to both promote industry AND the health and well-being of citizens (but these two are not always in sync) Nutritionists working for the U.S. government could not directly or clearly deliver the
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