Big Food, Big Soda . . . and Birmingham?

No doubt encouraged by the sponsorship deals struck for the London Olympics, Coca-Cola is now paying for activities in Birmingham parks — with the blessing of the City Council who now include Birmingham Public Health. Should we be concerned?

Margaret Chan: Public health must also contend with Big Food, Big Soda and Big Alcohol

Margaret Chan, the WHO Director General laid it down the line to major food industry players at the opening address of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion last year, declaring the root causes of the obesity epidemic ‘reside in non-health sectors’.

‘Food deserts’ in Birmingham

Professor Jim Parle is a practising GP and Professor or Primary Care at the Birmingham Medical School. He is also one of the Food Council directors. In this video interview, part of the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project on possible food futures for the city, he is talking about food deserts.

Nutrition and public health

Food poverty, food insecurity

Food safety and integrity

Urban food growing

Food and the city economy

Global food security

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