Food Systems Creating Public Health Disaster



Global food systems are making people sick, and Olivier De Schutter is taking them to task for it. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food warns that current food manufacturing and agricultural practices are causing a public health disaster. In a new report, he writes: “For society, the costs are huge, directly in medical care and indirectly in lost productivity.”

De Schutter cites the culprit as being an “obesogenic environment,” a term public health analysts use to identify the multiple factors that have caused the global obesity pandemic.

Commenting on the report, De Schutter said:

Urbanization, supermarketization and the global spread of modern lifestyles have shaken up traditional food habits….Governments have been focusing on increasing calorie availability, but they have often been indifferent to what kind of calories are on offer, at what price, to whom they are accessible, and how they are marketed
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