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Food, Health and Globalisation: Is Health Promotion Still Relevant?

Caraher, M. & Lang, T. (2005). Food, Health and Globalisation: Is Health Promotion Still Relevant? In: Scriven, A & Garman, S (Eds.), Promoting Health: Global Perspectives. (pp. 90-105). Palgrave Macmillan.


Introduction: What is the approach of health promotion to food and food policy? We can perhaps best
demonstrate his by a recent experience of two of the current authors (JC and MC), on submission
of an article on food policy and health promotion to a well renowned health promotion journal,
the feedback was that the authors were ‘against regulatory authorities, science and technology
and the food industry’ and that we needed to include more examples of partnerships with the food
industry of which one referee assured us there were many! On revision of the article and
submission and acceptance by a public health journal we were told we were being too soft on the
food industry and the corporate power of transnational companies. This illustrates for us the
battleground for food policy and health promotion. Our experience is that health promotion
practice has a tendency to engage with the food industry as partners and focus downstream on the
solutions (Labonte, 1998, Labonte, 2003). This misses the bigger picture of who controls and
distributes the food we eat and limiting our choices to one of selection as opposed to true choice.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Caraher, M & Lang, T (0007). Food, Health and Globalisation: Is Health Promotion Still Relevant? In: A Scriven & S Garman (Eds.), Promoting health. Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan'. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: and
Publisher Keywords: Medical
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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