Federal Nutritional Guidance and the Politics of Science: A Tale of Regulatory Capture

Bradley K. Hobbs, Nikolai G. Wenzel


This paper examines US government involvement in nutrition and agriculture. Specifically, it attempts to explain the existence of conflicting information presented by scientific versus government sources in the food pyramid. We start by examining the theory of the politicization of science and regulatory capture. We then examine federal nutrition advice through this theoretical framework. The paper concludes that the negative consequences of federal intervention for everyday Americans call for an alternative approach of decentralization, with an emphasis on private regulators, with government ticking to its core functions, rather than engaging in politicized favoritism.


cronyism; regulatory capture; nutritional guidance; public information; agricultural policy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v11i5.64

ISSN 1869-6945


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