Speaker urges consumers to get political about their food.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: College teachers (Public relations)
Food habits (Methods)
Consumer education (Methods)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs Computer Subject: Company public relations
Product: Product Code: 9914206 Consumer Education
Persons: Named Person: Nestle, Marion
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 294821769
Full Text: Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and a former visiting professor of nutritional sciences in Human Ecology, believes calories are at the heart of the two most important food issues facing the world today: food security and obesity. As the inaugural speaker of the Joyce Lindower Wolitzer '76 and Steven Wolitzer Nutrition Seminar in February, Nestle said, "Calories can't be seen, they can't be smelled, and they can't be tasted," leading to confusion about what exactly a calorie is and why it matters. Nestle and Malden Nesheim, professor emeritus of nutritional sciences, have co-authored a new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, on the topic. Nestle's solution is to "get political"--consumers can help change the food environment by supporting farmers' markets, neighborhood access to healthy food, and accurate food labeling.

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