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Q&A with Author Marion Nestle on Food Politics, SNAP, and Food Safety

Best-selling food author Marion Nestle paid a quick visit to Food Safety News during a stop in Seattle to discuss food politics, the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), and food safety.

Seattle readers may want to know that Nestle will be giving a talk and Q&A tonight (June 18) at Queen Anne United Methodist Church as part of their “Food, Faith, and Planet” series of talks. Tickets are $10.

Watch our Q&A below:

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  • Karen

    Fear it. Ban it. Tax it. Regulate it. Force it. Jam it. Cram it. Awww, screw it.

    That about sums up Nestle’s lofty view of feeding all of us. Thanks Marion, but no thanks. Keep your food police out of my face.

    • farmber

      Marion Nestle has been helping eaters chart their way around the corporately-imposed industrialized food system for years now.

      Funny how those that expose the machinations behind junk food production and marketing practices so that consumers can make informed decisions of what they want to put in their bodies are denigrated as “food police” — while the opportunists out to make a fast buck pushing injurious food and production processes are depicted as symbols of “consumer freedom”.

      Sounds like the old run of the mill corporate brainwashing to me… Thanks Marion for helping to keep such “food” out of my face — and body!

    • So, you think it’s wrong for people to be better informed about their food choices?



      As for the soda cup size, how many times do we have to say it? This isn’t regulating how much soda people can drink. The law was regulating cup sizes at certain food sellers. And these food sellers already have to meet various regulations.

      It would help if the media would report what the law does correctly.

    • Oginikwe

      Don’t read much, eh? Her books are some of the best:
      “Food Politics”
      “Safe Food”
      and her “Pet Food Politics” made me realize that the next really big poisoning from globalized food is going to happen to people. Hepatitis A is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Nancy

      Good comment as far as it goes but you didn’t mention “label it”. What good is ginning up fear if you don’t require labels to keep mob hysteria raging? Labels are the official duct tape of the food police — stick em over everything to fix practically anything. You would know that if you read any of Marion Nestle’s opinions. We have the right to think we know something, after all, don’t we?

  • You guys have an office?

    Anyway, nice interview.

  • audrey

    You have the right to choose what you want to eat and how much. The fact that people choose poorly or are easily influenced by advertisement is a social problem — not the company’s fault. If you can’t stand your children whining for the latest food craze — TURN OFF THE TV!! Food companies have the right to try to sell their products. However, problems occur when both consumer advocates and the government begin to regulate and legislate while the food industries defend themselves with lobbyists and lawyers. The end result is a twisted mess that almost no one can navigate, is often completely ineffective because of loopholes and wastes the public’s time and money.
    I believe it is more effective to teach people how to cook and shop wisely for their needs (is there a home economics program left in any public school?) than to limit their choices in the marketplace. All I ask for is honest labeling! But we will likely never see those things because if people shopped wisely — a lot of companies are going to go out of business, aren’t they? (In the same way that retailers don’t want you to save money — they want you to spend it.)