The Politics of Food and Healthcare

Politics of Food and Health CareSocietal, economic and corporate forces, along with our biological predisposition to consume fat, sugar, and salt, have created a political culture that supports cheap and unhealthy food products, rewards consolidation and mechanization in the food/agriculture industry, and fuels the ever-rising costs of treating the diet-related disease epidemics.

The Politics of Food and Healthcare is a panel discussion with Ruth Reichl, Marion Nestle, and David Kessler, that was held on November 10, 2010, at Princeton University. The trio frames the political/policy problems as well as the physiological factors, then proposes and discusses solutions that could win favor from both parties.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University.

David Kessler, MD, is professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He served as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration from November 1990 until March 1997.

Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet, is joining Random House as an author and editor at large. She also is a regular host with Leonard Lopate for a live monthly food show on WNYC radio in New York.

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