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Linking agricultural policies with obesity and noncommunicable diseases: A new perspective for a globalising world

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  • Hawkes, Corinna
  • Friel, Sharon
  • Lobstein, Tim
  • Lang, Tim
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    In light of the shift in policy paradigm in agriculture from state intervention to market liberalisation and globalisation, this paper develops a series of hypotheses on the relationship between agricultural policies and consumer diets. The first hypothesis is that the paradigm shift has led to greater specialisation of production, so changing the ability and incentive for producers to supply certain foods relative to others. Second, the shift has affected farmgate prices (both up and down), so creating opportunities for the industries which purchase farm commodities (the food consuming industries – FCIs) to substitute lower priced ingredients, thereby influencing the nutritional quality and content of foods available in the marketplace. Third, it has increased the ability of the FCIs to “add value” through product innovation and marketing, creating a market characterised by highly differentiated products targeted to individualised preferences, thus increasing the acceptability of a wider variety and quantity of food products.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 343-353

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:3:p:343-353

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    Keywords: Agricultural policy; Diet; Non-communicable diseases; Obesity; Globalisation; Food systems; Food supply chains; Food policy;

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    1. Bimbo, Francesco & Viscecchia, Rosaria & Nardone, Gianluca, 2012. "Does the alternative food supply network affect the human health?," 126th Seminar, June 27-29, 2012, Capri, Italy 126060, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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