Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University

March 21, 2017 — 4:10 PM
International House Auditorium — 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

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About The Lecture The paradox of today’s global food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population. Underlying these problems is an overabundant and overly competitive food system in which companies are … Continued

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About The Lecture

The paradox of today’s global food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population. Underlying these problems is an overabundant and overly competitive food system in which companies are forced to expand market channels to meet corporate growth targets. The contradiction between the goals of public health and food corporations has led to a large and growing food movement in the United States, which seeks policy changes to promote healthier and more environmentally sound food choices.  This lecture considers the cultural, economic, and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices, and the balance between individual and societal responsibility for those choices.

About Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle’s research and writing are widely read by both popular and academic audiences and examine the scientific and socioeconomic dimensions of food choices, obesity, and food safety, with a particular focus on the role of food marketing.  She is a prolific writer. Several of her award-winning publications include Food Politics, (2002); Safe Food, (2003); What to Eat, (2006); Eat, Drink Vote (2013); and Soda Politics, (2015).  She is also the author of two books on pet food, Feed Your Pet Right (2010) and Pet Food Politics (2008). From 2008 to 2013 she contributed a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section. She blogs (almost) daily at www.foodpolitics.com.

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, the department she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. From 1986-88, she served as senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley.