Food Politics from Farm to Table: A Recipe for Change

Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, access to food and nutrition. She is the author of “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” (2002) and “Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety” (2003). Her book, “What to Eat” (2006) was named as one of Amazon.com’s top 10 books of 2006 (Health, Mind, and Body). Her current book project, “Why Calories Count: from Science to Politics,” was published in March. Nestle was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She has been a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board, the USDA/DHHS Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and American Cancer Society committees that issue dietary guidelines for cancer prevention. Her research focuses on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice. She writes the “Food Matters” column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs daily at www.foodpolitics.com.