Agric Hum Values () – DOI /s Julie Guthman: Weighing in: obesity, food justice, and the limits of capitalism University . A Review of “Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism”. by Julie Guthman. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. In the case of obesity, writes Julie Guthman, ‘the solution in some sense wags the dog of the problem statement’ (p. 16). In this compelling book, Guthman offers.

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She is not shy about her opinion of Pollan and his “privileged” audience, arguing weighnig his analysis of the issue just doesn’t cut it – there are social class-based, racial, political and environmental issues that should also be addressed. Putting this one back on the to-read shelf because I had to rush through parts.

Chapter 6 argues against the convention logic of foodies like Michael Pollan that farm policy is making us fat. Guthman takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity—promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh. This chapter was not my favorite.

She differentiates the alternative food movement with its market driven solutions to support small farmers from New Left experiments with worker owned cooperatives, communes, and community gardens. She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, weihging well as why we eat it.

This is gthman crux of her argument that what we need is not different consumer choices but stronger state regulation of food production. By examining nutritional, medical, is, it assumes the cause of the problem i. Disciplines Sociology Social Problems. She weighinf focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it.


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Weighing In by Julie Guthman – Paperback – University of California Press

Food in the US is cheap not only because of food subsidies and overproduction, but also because neoliberal policies have contributed to the need for cheap food.

Jason Mai rated it it was amazing May 07, They are used in pesticides, fungicides, and slimicides. What is the root cause of the obesity epidemic? A self-described Berkeley foodie, Guthman takes on the self-satisfaction of the alternative food movement and places it in rich context, drawing on research in health, economics, labor, agriculture, sociology, and politics. Still, Guthman’s critique of the food system seems much more concise, as she takes a firmer stand against the neoliberalist framework of our country.

Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman

It will only allow those of us who can afford to get out of the mess to escape the problem. However, stopping with Pollan is a definite issue; there is a growing number of scholars truly critiquing the rhetoric of the food movement and the issues associated with the concepts of food justice and the way the message is produced.

Sherie Ruppersberger rated it it was amazing Aug 12, May 21, Susie is currently guthmn it. Economics weighs heavily on the food crisis. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Obesogens are in the hormones given to cattle. Feb 02, Nick Iulie rated it liked it Shelves: Books by Julie Guthman. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 27, Laurie rated it it was amazing. University of California Pr Amazon. Maybe this obsession with being healthy and having longevity is itself part of a neoliberal ideology that the inevitable can be avoided and productivity sustained through individual hard work and will power.


Jun 15, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: If you are looking to move beyond Michael Pollan and ib look critically at the food movement, food justice and the ways in which capitalism contributes to the supposed ‘obesity crisis’ this book is a gem to add to your food journey library.

Interview with the author. While such fare may be tastier and grown in more ecologically sustainable ways, this approach can also reinforce class and race inequalities and neglect other possible explanations for the rise in obesity, including environmental toxins.

Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism

She looks at how neoliberalism shapes the common stigma of personal responsibility which she disapproves of related to health, body size, and diet. Mar 18, Jill Lucht rated it it was amazing. What we need, Guthman argues, is not will power but the julue to power.

Julie Guthman is fast becoming my favorite author on this food journey o’mine. Further, Guthman demon- Guthman has us question whether this simplistic energy strates how this conceptualization precludes the discovery balance model seighing the recent rise in obesity, pointing of the actual causes of obesity. Account Options Sign in.

Jan 03, Brandy guthamn it as to-read Shelves: Guthman’s heavy critique of the typical American mindset to blame a person for their eating habits instead directs the focus towards policymakers and the drivers of the industrial food system CEOs, etc.