TITLE: Food Politics: What to Eat in Today's Era of Food Anxiety
SPEAKER: Marion Nestle
EVENT DATE: 04/18/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 41 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Marion Nestle, a New York University professor of nutrition, discussed "Food Politics: What to East in Today's Era of Food Anxiety" in a lecture sponsored by the Library's Science, Technology and Business Division.
With the variety and abundance of foods available in today's market, how do consumers make wise food choices? The nationally known nutrition advocate offered guidance on healthful food selections. According to Nestle, changes in the food environment encourage everyone to eat larger portions, more often and in more places. Underlying these societal changes is a competitive food system that impels companies to sell more food to more people more often in order to meet quarterly investment growth targets.
Obesity and poor diets are due to social as well as individual factors, and actions to improve diets must be directed toward the food environment as well as to personal choice.
Speaker Biography: Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. Her degrees include a doctorate in molecular biology and a master's in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. During her career, Nestle has focused on analysis of the scientific, social, cultural and economic factors that influence the development, implementation and acceptance of federal dietary guidance policies. She is the award-winning author of several books, including "What to Eat" (North Point Press, 2006); "Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism" (University of California Press, 2003); and "Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health" (University of California, 2002).