Atlantic: Abolish the food industry?

Atlantic: Abolish the food industry?

Writing for The Atlantic, Raj Patel takes a "go big or go home" approach and argues for abolishing the industry that creates and sells unhealthy food.

His primary analogy is to tobacco, a product of which he says "Cigarettes, when used according to manufacturer instructions, will lead to death." Patel says high-sugar processed foods have demonstrably the same long-term affects as tobacco, and points to the work of historian Robert Proctor, who advocates for abolishing the tobacco industry. (He says abolition of an industry is different from prohibition of a substance - want to grow your own tobacco and smoke it? Knock yourself out.)

It's a complicated argument and even trickier to apply to food companies. Worth reading.


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