I’m moderating an online webinar on the new Slow Food book, Ark of Taste, with authors David S. Shields and Giselle Kennedy Lord. For information and registration click here. It’s at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Weekend reading: Corporate control of foods systems
IPES—the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems—states the problem:
Over recent decades, corporations have succeeded in convincing governments that they must be central in any discussion
on the future of food systems. [No, they should not.]
Publicprivate partnerships and ‘multi-stakeholder’ roundtables (e.g., on ‘responsible soy’, or ‘sustainable palm oil’) have normalized a prominent role for corporations and given them an inside track to decision-making. [This is wrong.]
Public governance initiatives have also become reliant on private funding. [Also wrong.]
Why wrong? IPES says:
Behind the scenes, leading corporations have consolidated their grip by ensuring an industry friendly regulatory environment (via lobbying and ‘revolving door’ approaches), shaping trade and investment agreements, putting up barriers to competition, sponsoring research, and making political donations.
What is to be done? For starters:
- Keep food corporations out of public health policy discussions.
- Hold corporations accountable.
Take a look and see if you agree.
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