Panel on “The Politics of Food and Health Care” (Note: 4:30 p.m.)
November 10, 2010. Stafford Little Lecture Fund
Societal, economic and corporate forces, along with our biological predisposition to consume fat, sugar, and salt, have created a political culture that supports cheap and unhealthful food products, rewards consolidation and mechanization in the food/agriculture industry and fuels ever-rising costs of treating the diet-related disease epidemics. The discussion will frame the political/policy problems as well as the physiological factors, then propose and discuss 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, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and served as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration from November 1990 until March 1997; Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet, recently joined Random House as both an author and editor at large. She is the author of several best-selling memoirs.