The Food Industry’s Dirty Secrets, City University, London

City University, London, Room A130, College Building, (entrance on St John’s Street). More info here.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism would like to invite you to a discussion about the shocking realities of the global food industry with Raj Patel and Professor Timothy Lang.

Writer, activist and academic, Raj Patel is best known for his book ‘Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System‘. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley, a Fellow at the Institute of Food and Development Policy and a Research Associate at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His new book ‘The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy‘ will be published in December.

Timothy Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University since November 2002. He was Director of the Centre for Food Policy at Thames Valley University from 1994 to 2002, before it moved to City University. He is a regular advisor to the World Health Organization and has been a consultant to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries (food standards [twice], globalisation and obesity). He is also the author of ‘The Unmanageable Consumer: Contemporary Consumption and its Fragmentation‘ (with Gabriel Yiannis) and ‘Food Wars: the Battle for Mouths, Minds and Markets‘ (with Michael Heasman) among others.

One Reply to “The Food Industry’s Dirty Secrets, City University, London”

  1. Obesity is NOT caused by eating too many calories/too much fat and/or taking too little exercise. – No matter how many doctors and other ‘experts’ claim that it is, and that it can be reduced by eating fewer calories and taking more exercise, they are wrong and it is still NOT true. – The hypothesis has never been put to the test scientifically and there is certainly not a shred of valid, reproducible evidence to back it up.

    There is a wealth of evidence to show that it is NOT true. – Millions upon millions of innocent overweight people have tried over decades to reduce their excess weight by eating fewer calories and taking more exercise. – Overwhelmingly they fail to lose weight this way. – They get tired; they feel cold and ill and hungry. But they do not lose weight (or if they do it is only temporary). – The ‘experts’ then tell them that they have done it wrong; they haven’t tried hard enough or long enough; they are lying; they are mistaken, etc. – The ‘experts’ cannot get their heads around the fact that it is THEY who are wrong; THEY who are lying; THEY who are mistaken…

    Obesity is caused by fluid retention in people who are sensitive to salt. – It is as simple, and as profoundly complex, as that.

    Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, vascular dementia, stroke, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver damage and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs, hunger or expense by eating less salt! – Try it! – You will feel so much better!

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