I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
Weekend reading: Rudd Center report on baby food marketing
The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the Univeristy of Connecticut produces terrific reports. The latest is Baby Food FACTS: Nutrition and marketing of baby and toddler foods and drinks:
Infant formula companies have a marketing problem: breast milk is a better option, all formulas have the same nutrient composition by FDA regulation, and babies only need to use formula for a few months.
Baby food companies also have a marketing problem: babies can eat table foods (suitably ground or cut) and don’t really need the stuff in jars (convenient thought they may be).
The Rudd Center report takes a good hard look at the
- Contents of food and drink products marketed to parents for their babies and toddlers (up to age 3)
- The marketing messages used to promote these products
- Degree to which marketing messages correspond with expert advice on feeding young children
The findings: The nutritional quality is pretty much as advertised but nearly 60 percent of advertising dollars go for products that are not recommended for young children such as sugar-sweetened toddler milk, nutritionally poor snack food, and Pediasure, a high-calorie liquid nutrition supplement.
Here’s the full report
And here’s a summary