UN: Junk food is a human rights concern

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Fast food snacks and Coca Cola drink

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Hilal Elver, the U.N.’s special representative on the right to food, said Tuesday the rise of industrial food production combined with trade liberalization has allowed large corporations to flood the global market with cheap, nutrient-poor foods that force poor people to choose between economic viability and nutrition, effectively violating their right to adequate food.

“Within the human rights framework, states are obliged to ensure effective measures to regulate the food industry, ensure that nutrition policymaking spaces are free from private sector influence and implement comprehensive policies that combat malnutrition in all its forms,” she said.

Elver said that countries must go beyond simply ensuring their people the minimum requirements needed for survival and ensure access to food that is nutritionally adequate. She said that the international community is failing to meet globally agreed upon nutrition targets that seek to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms.

She said that while there were nearly 800 million people living in hunger around the globe, more than 2 billion people suffer from micro-nutrient deficiency and another 600 million people are obese, meaning nearly half the world’s population could be considered without access to inadequate food.

Elver said she was particularly concerned by aggressive marketing strategies to promote junk food to children and developing countries. And she called on governments to move away from industrial food systems and embrace more sustainable systems based on ecological balance.

“The first step is to recognize nutrition as an essential component of the human right to adequate food, reinforced by monitoring accountability and transparency,” Elver said.

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yes it is..but as long as you can buy soda and fast food at 1/4 of the price of water and fruit then this is what you will get..

“She said that the international community is failing to meet globally agreed upon nutrition targets that seek to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms.”

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3 Responses to “UN: Junk food is a human rights concern”

  1. “Rights” do not require others to give you anything.
    “Rights” are simply things that your government cannot stop you from doing YOURSELF.
    You have a right to food, but that does not mean everyone else has to feed you. You have a right to own property (in many western countries), but that does mean everyone has to buy your land for you.
    You have a right (in the U.S.) to freedom of speech, but that does not mean everyone else has to rent you a convention center to speak in.
    If fast-food is a nutritional public health problem, then regulate it…because nobody has the “right” to sell poison or harmful substances as food.

    The U.N. wants to be a tyrannical, worldwide organization, that supersedes the national sovereignty of independent nations…this is unacceptable.
    Abolish the U.N.

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