PSYC 123 - Lecture 18 - The Politics of Food II: The Issues, the Fights and Who Controls the Frame

Lecture 18 - The Politics of Food II: The Issues, the Fights and Who Controls the Frame

Overview

Professor Brownell discusses the specifics of government and its role in people's food choices. He explores whether and how government should play a role in people's food choices. Professor Brownell highlights the American mindset which couples freedom with issues of personal responsibilities, explores how the framing of the issue influences policy, and proposes a more nuanced view. He then reviews what the current government does on the nutrition program front. He then reviews the three conditions under which business self-regulates, and suggests taxation as a potential government intervention, and a tobacco tax precedent.

Resources

Assignment

Berman, "Should Government Ban Trans Fats? Con..."

Brownell, "Should Government Ban Trans Fats? Pro..."

Anton, "Trans Fat Plan Would Be 'logistical nightmare.'"

Brownell, "We Need to Know What We Ingest."

Brownell, "Fighting Obesity and the Food Lobby."

"Menu Labeling in Chain Restaurants..." [PDF]

Silver, "Food Safety for the 21st Century."

Time, "Are You Responsible for Your Own Weight?"

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

mp3

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mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]