Here I am at New York Times FOOD FOR TOMORROW Conference at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, discussing with Marion Nestle the influence that the food industry has on the poor nutritional choices people make. Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition,Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988 to 2003. And she is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.
Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing. Her book Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health is instrumental in understanding the negative role the food industry, in trying to increase their profits at any cost, has had in undermining the health of many Americans.
She is the author of numerous articles in professional publications, and is the author or co-author of nine books. Her latest book is Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), which was published October 1, 2015. Marion Nestle has appeared in the documentary films, Super Size Me (2004), Food, Inc. (2008), Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, (2008), Killer at Large (2008), In Organic We Trust (2012), and Fed Up (2014).
We both agree that with better education of the general public, to enable them to make the healthier choice in the market, pressure can be brought to bear on food companies to provide much healthier products. We see how this has already began to work as companies offer products with less added sugar, and a major mainstream food company has just began to offer organic products. One of the principles of my integral practice is to educate my clients so that they can make better nutritional choices so that they will live a healthier, more resourceful life, and be able to realize their full potential as an individual.