Government Pacts with Food Industry will Facilitate Entry of Junk Food in Mexico
Angelica Enciso L. - La Jornada
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April 15, 2013

The agreements established between the Secretary of Social Development (Sedesol) and the beverage, food, & self-service store industry under the auspices of the National Crusade against Hunger effort will ultimately encourage the entrance of junk foods into a population that could spiral into obesity problems with the worst metabolic consequences.  We face a new kind of “hunger epidemic,” suggested Julieta Ponce, director of the Center for Food Guidance.

Ponce advised that until now, initiatives that would either promote breastfeeding or put corn, beans, amaranth, & garden vegetables on the tables of the 7.4 million Mexicans included in the crusade have not been seen.  But instead, there are agreements today that facilitate the entry of processed foods like PepsiCo’s Quaker-brand cookies, or that curiously allow Nestlé, one of the major producers of baby formula, to offer nutrition courses to the public.

The government does not have a holistic strategy for addressing the public’s diet.

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Translated by Shaun Twomey

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