Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

Sickeningly Sweet: Analysis and Solutions for Adverse Dietary Consequences of European Agricultural Law

Emilie K. Aguirre

Sickeningly Sweet: Analysis and Solutions for Adverse Dietary Consequences of European Agricultural Law, 11 Journal of Food Law & Policy 252 (2015).

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In the current food system, unhealthy dietary behaviors are the default option for consumers. This article is the first to examine how agricultural law has facilitated these unhealthier diets for the past 50 years, analyzing these issues through the lens of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It calls for a new paradigm for addressing diet, obesity, and health, one that combines legal and public healthy analysis. Rather than downstream interventions targeting individual choice, which has thus far proven unsuccessful and inefficient, this article shifts focus upstream to structural changes in agricultural law which can help recalibrate production and improve the food supply and offers policy solutions to the problems agricultural law poses for health.