The State and Food and Nutrition

  • Wm. Alex McIntosh
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPP)


States play a major role in the production of food and in its distribution and cope with the outcome of food shortages. The state has used food to increase its power and to control the behavior of its citizens. Furthermore, social welfare has always centered on fundamentals such as food, and as the state has preempted local authorities, it has inherited social welfare responsibilities. Dealing with these responsibilities always occurs within a class context. Thus food and food-related health policies arise from the interaction of state and class interests. This chapter focuses on these and other issues.


Food Price Food Stamp Food Policy Moral Economy Food Stamp Program 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wm. Alex McIntosh
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  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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