Clark Wolf is the host and organizer. The panel—on food and politics—includes me, talking about my memoir, Slow Cooked, An Unexpected Life in Food Politics; Chloe Sorvino, author of Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat; Alex Prud’homme, author of Dinner With The President: Food, Politics and the History of Breaking Bread at the White House; and Tanya Holland, author of Tanya Holland’s California Soul. Free, but register here. It starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts one hour.
Good news #5: Mexico’s public health nutrition actions
The Mexican state of Oaxaca became the first to ban the sales of junk foods to children under the age of 18.
The state of Tabasco did the same.
A dozen other Mexican states are considering similar actions. The rationale is clear: the health consequences of obesity in general and with Covid-19 in particular.
One-third of Mexicans aged 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, according to UNICEF. They may not be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 now, but they can suffer myriad health issues, especially in adulthood.
And Mexico’s new warning labels are now in effect and will be required for all packaged foods by the end of the year.
Mexico has been able to implement these measures despite overwhelming food industry opposition.
How? I credit the outstanding advocacy work of the Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and the consumer coalition, Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria.