European Food and Nutrition Policies in Action (WHO Regional by E. Helsing, N. Milio

By E. Helsing, N. Milio

A multi-authored selection of stories on efforts to enhance ecu nutritional practices via nationwide nutrition and foodstuff guidelines.

Noting that reliable nutrients is determined by way over an plentiful provide of foodstuff, those reviews discover the complicated matters - from farm subsidies and pricing guidelines to nutrition labeling and laws - confronted via policy-makers keen on the expansion of diet-related persistent ailments. specific cognizance is given to the problem of changing entrenched executive agricultural and nutrients creation rules that stay pushed through an outdated drawback with the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

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Such developments must therefore be matched by financial and political measures to maintain socioeconomic stability in rural areas. The major factors now producing changes in the food industry and in national agricultural policies do not spring from a concern about health and nutrition so much as from internationalization, efforts to reap larger profits and concern about environmental protection and animal welfare. Overproduction of food in Europe has to be seen against a background of endemic malnutrition and hunger elsewhere in the world.

There is no assumption, however, that these individuals speak for their entire field of endeavour. It should also be noted that the papers stem from October 1990, so that in some cases new developments have taken place. An epidemiologist’s view – Knut Westlund The study of one indicator of nutrition, the total serum cholesterol level, illustrates the relevance of epidemiology to the policy and work of improving nutrition. It is well known that the use of this indicator can only incompletely reflect the effect of diet on blood lipids or of blood lipids on disease.

From the 1950s to the 1970s there was a science-led revolution in agricultural production, with government subsidies, guaranteed prices, a rapid expansion of agricultural research in plant breeding, and the use of fertilizers, growth promoters and pesticides. Animal husbandry and food processing were also high priorities. Pigs, which had previously roamed the fields, were now raised in highly intensive confined environments. 20 Milk production from dairy cows was steadily transformed, with a remarkable increase in the United Kingdom in the size of herds and the amount of milk produced per cow.

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