April 9, 2007 "Food Politics: What to Eat in Today's Era of Food Anxiety" To Be Discussed on April 18

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With the variety and abundance of foods available in today’s market, how do consumers make wise food choices? A nationally known nutrition advocate offers guidance on healthful food selections in a lecture at the Library of Congress on April 18.

Marion Nestle, a New York University professor of nutrition, will speak on “Food Politics: What to Eat in Today’s Era of Food Anxiety,” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Blvd. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The program, sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

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.

Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988 to 2003.

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).

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with more than 134 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. As the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which this nation was founded. Today the Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on site in its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov.


PR 07-071
ISSN 0731-3527