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Marion Nestle's "Food Politics"


About a decade ago, Marion Nestle made waves when she published her groundbreaking book “Food Politics,” now considered by many to be one of the founding documents of the movement to reform the American food system.   In it, Nestle criticized the high quality, low quantity eating habits encouraged by the food industry and how many lawmakers in Washington have been influenced by the deep pockets of big agriculture and big food. As the former managing editor of the Surgeon General’s report on nutrition and health, Nestle had observed up close efforts by food companies to shape policy.  Now, 10 years later, Nestle says much has changed….but there’s a long way to go with Nestle working as the constant watchdog and whistleblower to those who produce what ends up on America’s dinner plates. 


  • Marion Nestle - Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and a visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of many books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition. She also writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs at www.foodpolitics.com and for The Atlantic.
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