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The effects of farm and food policy on obesity in the United States / Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent.

Author/creator Alston, Julian M.
Other author/creatorOkrent, Abigail Mary.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoNew York, NY, U.S.A. : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
Descriptionxxii, 393 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from eBooks on EBSCOhost
Series Palgrave studies in agricultural economics and food policy
Palgrave studies in agricultural economics and food policy. ^A1325218
Contents Introduction -- Obesity in America -- Consequences of obesity -- Causes of obesity: individual physiology and consumption choices -- Causes of obesity: external influences -- Role for government: in principle -- US farm subsidies and obesity -- Agricultural R&D, technology, and obesity -- Fat taxes and thin subsidies as obesity policy -- Other food policies as obesity policy -- Summary and synthesis.
Abstract "This book uses an economic framework to examine the consequences of U.S. farm and food policies for obesity, its social costs, and the implications for government policy. Drawing on evidence from economics, public health, nutrition, and medicine, the authors evaluate past and potential future roles of policies such as farm subsidies, public agricultural R&D, food assistance programs, taxes on particular foods (such as sodas) or nutrients (such as fat), food labeling laws, and advertising controls. The findings are mostly negative--it is generally not economic to use farm and food policies as obesity policy--but some food policies that combine incentives and information have potential to make a worthwhile impact."-- Back cover.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 333-383) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2017937539

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