Los Angeles

Food Politics: Marion Nestle at the California Endowment

marion.jpgThanks to Frank Tamborello of Hunger Action Los Angeles for alerting us to an upcoming event.

Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat, will be the principal speaker at the California Endowment’s Center Scene Public Program on Food Politics:

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 5:30pm
Where: The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90012
Cost: Free of charge, reservations requested

The American food system is set up for mass production and mass consumption, and we are paying the price: Obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years, and one in three American children eat fast food every day. How did we get here?

Professor Nestle will answer this question and talk about how to reverse the devastating health effects of a food system that often makes the healthier choices the harder choices. In this food policy primer and the first event in Hungry for Change: Food, Politics and Community Health, a series of Center Scene Public Programs, Nestle will discuss the challenges the public health community faces from the food system and solutions for change.

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is a member of the Slow Food USA advisory board, and speaks and writes about issues related to food politics, nutrition, and food marketing. Her research focuses on analysis of the scientific, social, cultural, and economic factors that influence the development, implementation, and acceptance of federal dietary guidance policies. Professor Nestle’s “What to Eat” blog is informative, entertaining, and updated frequently. If you haven’t already bookmarked it, you’ll find it here.

Laura Avery, supervisor of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and a correspondent for KCRW’s “Good Food,” will moderate the conversation and lead a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Information and online reservations are available on the California Endowment’s website.