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Food System Channels, Health, and Illness

Food Systems and Health

ISBN: 978-1-78635-092-3, eISBN: 978-1-78635-091-6

ISSN: 1057-6290

Publication date: 29 June 2017



Food system channels provide varying amounts of calories and types of nutrients that shape wellbeing and diseases. Sociologists and others may benefit from examining food system channels and considering their role in health and illness.




The author thanks the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University for support, and colleagues and reviewers for their valuable suggestions. No external funding was used for this project. An oral version of this chapter was presented to the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) annual conference in 2016.


Sobal, J. (2017), "Food System Channels, Health, and Illness", Food Systems and Health (Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-25.



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