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Reductionist Social Policy

Whatever we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.

—CHIEF SEATTLE

So far in Part II, we’ve been looking at reductionism in terms of nutrition and food policy, and how reductionism’s effects impact individual health outcomes and quality of life through diet. But our reductionist approach to nutrition affects other areas of life, too. Social policy isn’t my area of expertise, but as a member of several high-profile food- and health-policy expert panels, I’ve certainly considered the likely impact of dietary recommendations on social and cultural practices. Thus, I’d be remiss not to at least touch on the way reductionism ...

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