Sustainable food systems and the mismatch of bodies, markets and culture: where lies progress?

The Centre for Global NCDs is hosting an evening lecture as part of the new short course on NCDs. 
The talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome to attend.
 
 
Wednesday 19th February, 2014
5pm Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London
 
Sustainable food systems and the mismatch of bodies, markets and culture: where lies progress?
Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London
 
 
Talk abstract:
Food and health policy in the 20th century was highly successful. It produced more food, lowered prices, revolutionised supply chains, altered consumer choice. It also left humanity with new patterns of disease and alarming environmental impacts through food. Inequalities and mal-distribution remain but in new forms. The 21st century challenge is now more complex: how to integrate health, environment, social values, economy and quality, and how to underpin all this with good food governance. This paper proposes that an emerging policy perspective now challenges the ‘old order’ of productionism – the belief that producing more food would resolve health problems. In an era of over-, mal- and continuing under-consumption, the productionist paradigm is too crude. Today, public health practitioners must address how to shift culture towards sustainable diets and how those can reshape land use and food supply chains to deliver sustainable food security. This ecological public health approach offers public health practitioners the chance to work in an interdisciplinary way and to give coherent messages to policy makers. The mismatch of bodies, food and culture requires a re-alignment of human health with eco-systems health.

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