Tim Lang, Professor of Food and Policy at City University, sounds a startling warning bell on the public health costs of our current dietary habits. Armed with alarming figures on diet related diseases, he argues that the problems of the ‘nutrition transition‘ are vast and all too rapidly catching-up in the developing world. Our health care system is already under extreme pressure, with diet related diseases causing global economic losses in the region of 30 trillion dollars. How do we avoid these devastating costs? Dietary change will have to mean culture change, says Lang. The future depends on a battle over minds not just mouths.

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