Wearing my Free Society hat, I am spending the afternoon writing a speech for the Nutrition and Health conference at the Soho Theatre in London tomorrow. Supported by the British Sandwich Association and the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association, the blurb reads:
Over recent years the food industry has been the target of increasing pressure from Government and the media to substantially reduce salt and fat levels in ready-to-eat foods. The same pressures are now starting to be applied to foodservice operations.
But just how far can retailers and food makers go before consumers start to reject products or the cost to industry becomes greater than the savings being sought in health care? Is the ‘nanny state’ approach really in the interests of consumers or is it eating into their rights of freedom of choice? Indeed, are we even correct to assume that everyone should conform to a fixed nutritional standard?
My session is entitled "Is freedom of choice not a consumer right?". I have to speak for 20 minutes and then answer questions.
I am told that "the conference has been designed to allow the food industry to hear the arguments from all sides and to debate some of the issues it faces in this context". If there are any specific points you want me to make, feel free to add a comment here. You have until midday Tuesday.
Writing on The Free Society website today, Karen McTigue comments:
The decision-making of the individual in what we may or may not eat is slowly being eroded, and we are barely aware of it ... We are being taught that food is to be feared. Too much salt, too much fat, carbs are bad, alcohol is bad. And, for goodness sake don’t even go near that soya bean – not that any sane person would, of course.
All foodstuffs are potential killers, carcinogens, obesity-creators, destructors of the planet in some way ... Perhaps a question for your local electoral candidate on your doorstep should be: which of our future leaders are most likely to instruct “Let them eat cake”?
Full article HERE.