U.N. Special Rapporteur On Food Advocates For International Framework On Healthy Diets

New York Times: Food’s Big-Picture Guy
Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist

“I wish Olivier de Schutter had the power to match the acuity of his analysis, but it’s great that we’ve had an advocate whose vision is as broad as that of the corporations who have for the last 50 years determined global food policy. Since 2008, the human rights lawyer has had the title of United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food. (His second three-year term ends this week.) … Despite a now-10-year-old official WHO strategy (not unlike Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign) on diet, exercise and health, the diet-related chronic disease epidemic continues unabated. Thus De Schutter believes ‘that WHO must convene a framework convention on healthy diets like the framework convention in 2003 for tobacco’…” (5/27).