Perspective: Responding to Food Industry Initiatives to Be “Part of the Solution”

Jun. 29, 2022
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In response to growing concerns about chronic diseases, food insecurity, low-wage food labor, and global warming, the food industry has developed new strategies to respond to its critics and pursue its business and political goals.

In a commentary in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, CUNY SPH Distinguished Professor Nicholas Freudenberg explores changing food industry responses to criticisms of its impact on health and nutrition.  

In “Responding to Food Industry Initiatives to Be ‘Part of the Solution,’” Freudenberg proposes several strategies by which public health professionals, policy makers and advocates can challenge harmful industry practices. These include activities to de-normalize health-damaging food industry actions, build cross-cutting alliances to challenge food industry power, reduce monopoly concentration in food sector, define principles for public health, nutrition, and food organizations to interact with food corporations and their allies, and promote ideas that build a vision for alternatives to current corporate food regimes.

Freudenberg is senior faculty fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of At What Cost: Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health (Oxford University Press, 2021).    

Freudenberg N. Responding to food industry initiatives to be “part of the solution”: Comment on “‘Part of the solution’: food corporation strategies for regulatory capture and legitimacy.” Int J Health Policy Manag. 2022;x(x):x–x. doi:10.34172/ijhpm.2022.7241