Dietary guideless are issued regularly in most developed countries. They are in almost all cases concerned solely with nutritional aspects of food and eating and based on an understanding of food exclusively as source of nutrients. In recent years, however, a growing number of proposals in a number of countries have addressed the issue of making dietary guidelines that integrates health and sustainability but in all cases they have been met with different kinds of resistance. This article reviews the development towards an integrated understanding of health and sustainability in relation to food and eating and the emergence of proposals for integrated guidelines. It explores the conflicts and controversies that have arisen in the wake of the various proposals and identifies a number of different types of conflicts. They relate to conflicts of interests between the various actors involved and political resistance against initiatives that are perceived as being in conflict with values of market economy and free trade. Furthermore, there are controversies that broadly can be characterized as relating to politics of knowledge and have to do with differentiation of expertise and the role of expert cultures for the elaboration and communication of messages about health and sustainability. The article finally briefly points to some answers to the complexity of issues around the creation of dietary guidelines.
|Tidsskrift||Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies|
|Status||Udgivet - 2015|
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