By Tim Lang, Michael Heasman
"Food Wars argues that conflicting paradigms (one constructing nutrients via integrating the 'life sciences', the opposite via integrating 'ecology') are struggling with to interchange the dominant industrial-productionist version of the 20 th century, either grappling to draw funding, public aid and coverage legitimacy over the right use of biology and meals technologies."--Jacket.
content material: The nutrition wars thesis --
vitamin and health and wellbeing: ailments and nutrition --
The coverage responses to nutrition and sickness --
The meals wars company --
the patron tradition conflict --
the standard warfare: placing public and environmental health and wellbeing jointly? --
meals democracy or nutrition regulate? --
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Food wars : the global battle for minds, mouths, and markets by Tim Lang, Michael Heasman