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Consuming Interests: The Social Provision of Foods by Andrew Flynn, Michelle Harrison, Visit Amazon's Terry

By Andrew Flynn, Michelle Harrison, Visit Amazon's Terry Marsden Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Terry Marsden,

Combining conception, learn and coverage Consuming Interests presents a topical interdisciplinary exploration into the character of nutrients provision, coverage and legislation. The booklet presents an in depth exam of company shops, nation businesses and buyer corporations taken with the meals region. The research explores questions together with: * what can the general public anticipate from the state
* what limits are there on nation action
* what are the main acceptable balances
between private and non-private pursuits within the provision of 'quality' foods.

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In the international context, this begins to demonstrate considerable advantages for British retailers over their foreign competitors, and it goes a considerable way in explaining their growing national and international market power. At the more micro level of national regulation, there are at least four regulatory domains in which British retailers have managed to maintain and shape their competitive space and flexibility; we explore these briefly below. It should be stressed that these are very much contested regulatory terrains, and ones which embody different dimensions of public and private interests.

E. e. Department of Health and MAFF). Food safety and nutrition form a significant brief for the Department of Health. Following the publication of The Health of the Nation White Paper in 1992, several task groups were formed involving the food industry, government and scientists (and some representatives from consumer groups) to further refine sets of quality guidelines with respect to more healthy diets. For instance, the Nutrition Task Force set targets for the reduction of fatty acid consumption and obesity, and attempted to ‘persuade’ manufacturers and retailers to undertake ‘fat audits’ as part of their quality control procedures.

In short, the development of the neo-liberal state, initially in Britain and the USA but increasingly elsewhere, has provided broad macroeconomic and social conditions which have been conducive to the restructuring of the retail sector along corporate and economies of scale priorities. Underneath this macro economic and political shift has been the uneven development of more micro-national forms of ‘re-regulation’. These have provided the basis for specific nationally based retail capitals to further shape the food supply and provision systems.

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