Food Politics 2020:Food Industry Influence on Nutrition Research & Practice

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ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070, Abercrombie Building

Cnr Darlington Ln & Abercrombie St

Darlington, NSW 2008

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How food company business imperatives directly and indirectly influence personal food choices and government nutrition policies.

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Large percentages of the world’s population face massive problems of hunger, obesity, and environmental damage caused by inadequate or inappropriate food production and consumption practices. Driving these practices are food systems aimed at profit rather than public health. This presentation explains how food company business imperatives directly and indirectly influence personal food choices and government nutrition policies, and emphasizes the role of advocacy in creating food systems that promote human health and environmental sustainability.

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Marion is a Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, in the department she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she retired in September 2017. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She holds honorary degrees from Transylvania University in Kentucky and the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.

She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. Previous faculty positions were at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Her research and writing examine scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice and its consequences, emphasizing the role of food industry marketing.

She is the author of six prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003); What to Eat (2006); Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, with Dr. Malden Nesheim (2012); Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics (2013); and Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) in 2015. She also has written two books about pet food, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine (2008) and Feed Your Pet Right in 2010 (also with Dr. Nesheim). Her most recent book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, was published in 2018.

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ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070, Abercrombie Building

Cnr Darlington Ln & Abercrombie St

Darlington, NSW 2008

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