No. 1 is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, followed in order by Hugh Grant, chairman, president and CEO of Monsanto; Doug McMillion, president and CEO of Walmart; Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Food for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsi.
According to The Daily Meal’s Editorial Director, Colman Andrews, the criteria for making the list include the “ability to make things happen, rewrite the rules, change the conversation, shift the paradigms. The people with power in the food world decide or influence what and how and where and why we eat.”
However, the annual list is not a ranking of favorite people, Andrews stressed, nor does it comprise those considered most admirable or worthy of attention.
“Yes, there are people we admire on the list, but the fact is that food policies and the food choices Americans confront are all too often affected by people whose organizations or philosophies we do not find admirable (they know who they are),” he stated.
Marler, a food safety attorney based in Seattle, also made the list in 2013.
“I am happy that I moved from 48th to 47th in one year, but being at the bottom seems just the right place,” he said.
The entire list of 50 is available here.