Non-job of the week

Nanny needs help in Bristol.  Whet your appetite at our non-job of the week:


Food Policy Officer
£30,598 - £33,291


Passionate about the future of food? This is an exciting opportunity to shape food policy in Bristol, working on behalf of Bristol City Council and Bristol Primary Care Trust. Bristol has a long history of innovation with regard to food and health and is currently a national Food Champion. Partnership working lies at the heart of this success. The purpose of this post is to bring together the food, health and environmental sustainability agendas and to develop a co-ordinated approach to food policy. The postholder will be responsible for promoting the role of food in the health, wellbeing and sustainability of communities and embedding this in council policy and practice. The post will also include being an active contributor to Bristol Partnership’s food and health strategy. An early priority will be the development of healthy and sustainable eating guidelines for use in the procurement of catering.


We are looking for someone with a strong policy background, comprehensive knowledge of the current food, health and sustainability agendas, a commitment to partnership working, who wants to be a champion for policy and practice in this area.”


What competence does Bristol City Council even have to dictate food policy to their constituents?  What part of personal responsibility does Bristol Council not understand?  People will make their own choices and it is their responsibility to suffer the consequences – even with their diets.  What gripes me is the attitude that government can pro-actively manage people’s eating habits.  If people want dietary advice, see a dietician.  If there’s a medical problem, see a GP.  Likewise, councillors can easily seek advice from healthcare professionals, making this post redundant.  All it serves, when you analyse it, is to feed the beast of big government.

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