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MCHG 2021 webinar series: Webinar 2 - The politics of regulating baby food in global context


Phillip Baker


Online Event


Thursday, 11 November, 2021 - 12:30 to 13:30

What we feed our children has a remarkable impact on public health, economic productivity and environmental sustainability. Baby food is also big business. As markets have globalized and grown in size, the regulation of commercial baby foods has become increasingly politicised. In this Menzies Centre for Health Governance, RegNet, webinar, Phillip Baker presents findings from a study on the politics of regulating baby foods in global context. The findings reveal coordinated regulatory battles across international standard-setting and enforcement bodies, as well as within countries, as governments pursue, but often fail to implement, comprehensive regulatory frameworks to protect child nutrition.

About the speaker
Dr. Phillip Baker is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. His research focuses on understanding the political economy, governance and regulation of food systems. Recent work covers the global rise of ultra-processed foods, corporate power in food systems, and the regulation of baby food. He is currently leading a multi-country study, funded by the WHO, on the politics of child nutrition. Phil teaches high-enrolling units on food policy and regulation, and international nutrition, and supervises six PhD students on these topics
This event will be delivered online only via Zoom.
Image credit: Image of baby food items by DesignDrawArtes


Other events in the MCHG 2021 webinar series:


Webinar 1 - Power and the people's health: a health equity power analysis of multisectoral policy 

Thursday 4 November | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Sharon Friel

Webinar 3 - Theory of action underpinning people’s power: the case of the People’s Health Movement

Thursday 18 October | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Speaker: Fran Baum

 Webinar 4 - Bureaucratic power: city planning minus the politics 

Thursday 25 October | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Patrick Harris


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