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

  • Julian M. Alston
  • Abigail M. Okrent

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 1-12
  3. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 13-53
  4. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 55-73
  5. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 75-103
  6. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 105-134
  7. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 135-157
  8. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 159-201
  9. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 203-235
  10. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 237-283
  11. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 285-318
  12. Julian M. Alston, Abigail M. Okrent
    Pages 319-331
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 333-393

About this book

Introduction

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. 

Keywords

united states agriculture policy obesity epidemic chronic disease health care cost dietary composition processed food farm subsidies multimarket simulation model research and development fat fatness fruit and vegetable subsidies behavioral nudge SNAP tax taxes

Authors and affiliations

  • Julian M. Alston
    • 1
  • Abigail M. Okrent
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Food Economics DivisionUnited States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research ServiceWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-47831-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48647-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-47831-3
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