The challenge to eat the right amount is part of the human condition. Marion Nestle notes “Dieting to lose weight is as old as recorded history. Hippocrates discussed diets and dieting in the pre-Chtristian era, and today’s diet books are perennial bestsellers.” (p.42 of Eat Drink Vote). As the environment has shifted from one of […]
The simultaneous gains in obesity and hunger share a common root: The competing interests of corporations and people are represented unequally in the food environment. In the post-Citizen’s United world, we might say that the interests of people people are secondary to those of corporation people. This is especially true when the people people are […]
As counter-intuitive as it may seem, one result of how our our food system operates is that while one-half of the world battles obesity, the other half starves. We’ll comment about obesity here. In the next few days we’ll add a post about hunger. As stated in Eat Drink Vote, “The prevalence of obesity in […]
Jocelyn Zuckerman of “On Earth Magazine” sat down for lunch with Marion Nestle. The two chatted about the business and political interests that converge in the school lunch program as well as the growth of programs that link farmers and students.The article ends with “Despite the entrenched interests, she (Nestle) said, changes are happening, in […]
Of course … Washington being Washington, this may change. But the size and scope of the legislation is the clearest example of the pervasive influence that politics has on our food. The bill was broken into two parts. The first, which deals primarily with agriculture, was passed in July. Up now: Food assistance, otherwise known […]
On a related note, there may also be a vote to make permanent the Farmer Assurance Provision also known as the Monsanto Protection Act. Information about this may be found here, here, and here.
Dave Coverly is the creator so Speed Bump which he describes as “life’s outtakes.” Coverly has won multiple awards for Speed Bump and he was recognized as the 2008 Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. Early in his career, Coverly was the editorial cartoonist at the Battle Creek Enquirer. Hmmm …. Isn’t […]
KALW, an NPR-affiliated radio station whose license is held by the San Francisco Unified School District, is offering a copy of Eat Drink Vote to any supporter who donates $120. Here’s a great opportunity to support NPR, public schools … and get the book! This link takes you to the page on the station’s website […]
From Dr. Don Wolochow of La Jolla, CA Hi Marion: Sorry this is a bit blurry but you get the gist. So far (it just hit the mailbox) it is a terrifically entertaining book! I love cartoons—-as far back as before WW2—-and these are exceptional. Looking forward to finishing the book and showing the cartoons […]
Michael Pollan, the author/journalist/activist/professor (his books include, among others, Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and, most recently, Cooked) tweeted about Eat Drink Vote. His tweet reads “‘Eat Drink Vote’: Marion’s Nestle’s Illustrated Guide to Food Politics is both highly enetertaining and very smart.” See it here.