The Food Wars thesis
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If you know before you look, you cannot see for knowing. Sir Terry Frost RA (British artist 1915-2003)
Core arguments Different visions for the future of food are shaping the potential for how food will be produced and marketed. Inevitably, there are policy choices – for the state, the corporate sector and civil society. Human and environmental health need to be at the heart of these choices. Three broad conceptual frameworks or ‘paradigms’ compete to understand pressures on the future of food, and propose different ways forward for food policy, the food economy and how people live. The three paradigms each claim to deliver production to satisfy human needs, and to deliver health and other public benefits. The challenge for policy-makers is how to sift through the evidence and to give a fair hearing to a range of choices. This process is sometimes difficult because the relationship between evidence and policy is not what it seems. The world of food is on the cusp of a far-reaching transition. The three paradigms outlined in this chapter provide a way of understanding the challenges.