The Political Economy of Food

My second semester on the Food Policy program that I am doing just started and over the next couple of months, I will study the political economy of food. It means looking into the actors that influence food policy, trade and commodity standards, and much more. It is extremely interesting and I am very excited! Interestingly enough, I just saw this ad on TV the other day, by an organization called Americans Against Food Taxes. I think that for most people that are a little concerned about what they eat, taxes on the products mentioned in the ad make sense, especially in times of budget deficits and increasing health costs. The ad seems to target a particular group of consumers in the U.S. though, but while there is an air of Tea Partyism in the message, I suspect that it is financed by a completely different interest group.

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