Food: Science, Politics, Action!

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In this episode, we hear from the country’s leading expert on food politics Marion Nestle, on the food industry’s influence, genetically engineered and cloned food, and much more. Then food author, educator and advocate Anna Lappé tells us why GMOs won’t feed the world, and how organic farming can alleviate the climate crisis. And Rebecca Spector of the Center for Food Safety gives us updates on the latest food fights in Congress and the states.

We’re also now on Stitcher Radio!

Bay Area foodies, don’t forget the CEH gala event on Thursday, May 8, with keynote speaker Dennis Kucinich! Check the website for tickets and more information.

Marion Nestle is is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Michael Pollan ranked her as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama), and Mark Bittman ranked her #1 in his list of foodies to be thankful for. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of The Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health.  She is also the author of several prize-winning books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. Her most recent books in 2013 are the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics (with a foreword by Michael Pollan); and a new book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics. Check out her blog at www.foodpolitics.com (and follow her on twitter @marionnestle).

Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, known for her work as an expert on food systems and as a sustainable food advocate. The co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to ten others, Anna’s work has been widely translated internationally and featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. Named one of Time magazine’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund. She is currently the head of the Real Food Media Project, a new initiative to spread the story of the power of sustainable food using creative movies, an online action center, and grassroots events. Her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of 2010. Her video series on food myths is at http://foodmyths.org/ .

Rebecca Spector is West Coast Director of the Center for Food Safety. She has been working in the environmental and agricultural sector for more than 20 years; prior to CFS, she served as director of development at Green Seal, the first U.S. product eco-labeling organization, and at Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet. Rebecca is associate editor of Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture and Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food.

Take action in support of GMO labeling and in opposition to the DARK Act; also, learn more about state actions for GMO labels.

Music in this episode includes Eat it by Weird Al Yankovic, The Garden Song by Arlo Guthrie, and Aquarela do Brasil by João Gilberto.

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