Consumption in the Age of Affluence: The World of Food by Ben Fine

By Ben Fine

With growing to be affluence within the built international, nutrition has develop into an expanding concentration for awareness. the following, the authors argue that during order to appreciate the vast and dramatic advancements on the earth of nutrition, a brand new interdisciplinary process is critical. The Age of Affluence effectively addresses foodstuff intake during this method. the amount: * argues the significance of socioeconomic and cultural elements over vitamin, in influencing the creation, advertising and marketing and intake of other teams of meals; * locations nutrients platforms thought on sound analytical foundations; * attracts seriously upon nutrients platforms literature; * comprises case stories from the sugar, dairy and meat platforms; * employs novel statistical strategies to spot and clarify precise styles of nutrients intake; The ebook may also help to revitalize the self-discipline of foodstuff reports and issues the future of the continued examine of foodstuff intake. As such, will probably be helpful to scholars, researchers and policymakers engaged on the planet of nutrition.

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8 Thus, even though the specificity of the food system is identified with its particular balance of organic and inorganic content along the system of provision, this does not imply an analysis based on biological and/or natural determinism. Even if the pattern of the organic ratio does distinguish the food from other systems, it does not follow that it is determined by its organic characteristics at the expense of other social and economic factors— 37 SPECIFYING FOOD SYSTEMS just as it would be equally incorrect to suggest that non-food systems are determined by their inorganic content as such.

Despite the goals of nutritionists and dietitians, what is consumed is not determined by the organic content of food, but the latter does set food apart from other items of consumption which are primarily, if not exclusively, inorganic in content. And the relationship between food and consumption is mediated by the structural separation between the commercial world and the household, given the latter’s responsibility for the acquisition and preparation of food. The second unique aspect of the food system is often perceived to be its dependence upon agriculture.

It is extremely diverse and perhaps offers more insights than other disciplines because of its goal of explaining major changes over time. Accordingly, it is significant how little attention is paid to history in other branches of food studies. 24 See Murcott (1989) and Messer (1984) for overviews of the anthropology of food. 25 This is discussed at length in the second volume. 26 The same is true of the NCC (1992) which provides a more recent overview of the contribution of various disciplines to the issue of food choice.

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