The Industrial Diet by Anthony Winson


  • Julie Pilson Carleton University



Anthony Winson, industrialization, diet


Anthony Winson, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, has written or co-authored several books that explore agriculture, food and the food system in both North and Central America. These books include: Coffee and Democracy in Modern Costa Rica (1989), The Intimate Commodity (1993), and Contingent Work, Disrupted Lives: Labour and Community in the New Rural Economy (2002, with Belinda Leach). His most recent book builds on his previous analysis of the food industry by exploring the political, social, economic and technological factors that shape and influence the human diet—and have led to the proliferation of a nutritionally compromised human diet at a global scale. The Industrial Diet: The degradation of food and the struggle for healthy eating is a book best suited to an educated—though not necessarily academic—audience. Anybody with an interest in the current food industry, human health, diet and nutrition, or in the fascinating history of the food system, will find something of interest.

Author Biography

Julie Pilson, Carleton University

Julie Pilson is an MA Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her thesis research involves a case study of the Good Food Markets in Ottawa – community-run, volunteer-driven, pop-up markets that offer affordable fruits, vegetables and dried goods in lower-income areas of the city. Julie is also a Research Assistant with the Eastern Ontario Node of the Nourishing Communities: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group.




How to Cite

Pilson, J. (2014). The Industrial Diet by Anthony Winson. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 1(1), 129–130.



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