Good foods and bad foods? Nutrition science, food policy and STS

Speaker: Dr Isabel Fletcher # Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh

16th Feb 2015

15:30 - 17:00

Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards


Despite its relative neglect within the field, the history of nutrition science and the ways in which it interacts with food policies are fertile areas for STS research.  After a brief overview of food policy in the UK, I will present two case studies that further illustrate the potential of such research. The first case study outlines the results of my recently completed Global Public Health Unit project comparing alcohol, food and tobacco company responses to increased public health regulation. The second - currently still at the proposal stage - describes the development of the Mediterranean diet as an ideal model of eating within British and American public health.  I will conclude by discussing why interactions between nutrition research evidence and public policy are so complex and contested.

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