The Food Movement

From Personal Choice to Social Action

Dr. Marion Nestle
Thursday, September 26, at 11:30 a.m.
Mayser Gymnasium

Dr. 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), both from University of California Press. In 2003, “Food Politics” won awards from the Association of American Publishers, the James Beard Foundation, and World Hunger Year. An updated 10th anniversary edition will be released in early 2013 from UC Press. “Safe Food” won the Steinhardt School of Education’s Griffiths Research Award in 2004.

Her book “What to Eat” was named as one of Amazon’s top 10 books of 2006 and a “must read” by Eating Well magazine. It also won the Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the James Beard Foundation book award for best food reference in 2007. She has also written “Pet Food Politics:The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine,” a book about food safety, and “Feed Your Pet Right,” co-authored with Malden Nesheim.

Her most recent book, also with Malden Nesheim, is “Why Calories Count: from Science to Politics.” She is currently working on two books: “Soda: Corporate Profits versus Public Health,” to be co-written with Neal Baer, and a cartoon version of “Food Politics” to be titled “Eat Drink Vote: Food Politics in Cartoons,” both scheduled for publication in 2014.

Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and professor of sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nestle has received many awards and honors, including the 2011 National Public Health Hero award from the University of California Berkeley School Of Public Health.

Nestle’s first faculty position was in the Department of Biology at Brandeis University. From 1976-86 she was associate dean of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she taught nutrition to medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, and directed a nutrition education center sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the U.S. 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 at and for The Atlantic.

Co-sponsored by Public Affairs Lecture Series, Ware House and
CLAS (North and Eshleman Funds)


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