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Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy

The Effects of Farm and Food Policy on Obesity in the United States

Authors: Alston, Julian M, Okrent, Abigail M.

  • Covers major U.S. policy initiatives to fight obesity at the source: food production
  • Provides an accessible entry point to often too-technical policy discussions
  • Includes quantitative and technical details in appendixes
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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. This book is accessible to advanced undergraduate and graduate students across the sciences and social sciences, as well as to decision-makers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. 


About the authors

Julian M. Alston is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, USA, where he studies and teaches about government policy affecting agriculture and food, including the economics of agricultural innovation, food and nutrition policy, and the global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, and obesity.

Abigail M. Okrent is Research Economist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, where she researches the role of food policies and economic determinants of demand in food choices and diet quality.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Alston, Julian M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Obesity in America

    Alston, Julian M. (et al.)

    Pages 13-53

  • Consequences of Obesity

    Alston, Julian M. (et al.)

    Pages 55-73

  • Causes of Obesity: Individual Physiology and Consumption Choices

    Alston, Julian M. (et al.)

    Pages 75-103

  • Causes of Obesity: External Influences

    Alston, Julian M. (et al.)

    Pages 105-134

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47831-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48647-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Effects of Farm and Food Policy on Obesity in the United States
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47831-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47831-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48647-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 393
Number of Illustrations and Tables
43 b/w illustrations
Topics