The food likes and dislikes that shape food policy

Food historian Bee Wilson argues that a nation’s food preferences have a major impact on diet at an event at the Centre for Food Policy.

Food table. Photo credit: Sustain

Food table. Photo credit: Sustain

The likes and dislikes populations have about food - reinforced by habit and mediated by food prices - are one of the greatest reasons anyone eats something. At a seminar at the Centre for Food Policy (who are a member of Sustain) Bee Wilson will present some of the mechanisms through which human preferences are formed; and how they can change throughout the human lifespan.

The seminar will consider a few examples of whole populations either changing their food preferences in a healthier direction, encouraged by food policy (Japan) or retaining traditional preferences in the wake of the nutrition transition (South Korea).

Bee Wilson will also draw on and share her experience of involvement with a new charity called Flavour School which is using the Sapere method of sensory education pioneered in Scandinavia to help children in the UK develop new and more varied preferences for fruits and vegetables among other foods. This will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience.

This seminar is free to attend but tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please register to secure your space.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

5.30pm - 7pm

Lecture Theatre B200, University Building

City, University of London

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