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A Capital Appetite: The Political Economy of UK Sugar Consumption

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The consumption of sugar is about more than its intrinsic sweetness. To explain why it is ingested in dangerously high quantities, we need to appreciate its appeal to the businesses that supply and shape our collective diets. Whether suspending shelf-life, modifying meal times or encouraging over-eating, the properties of sucrose have been extremely useful in helping industrial food manufacturers subvert the natural and cultural rules governing what can be eaten, when, and in what quantities. This has been underpinned by supportive state policy governing sugar production and trade, and light-touch consumer protection. However, as the proposed soft drinks levy and post-Brexit agricultural reforms suggest, this political settlement is not beyond challenge.

This talk is part of the MRC Epidemiology and CEDAR Seminars series.

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