Talk by Marion Nestle, "From Agriculture to Public Health: Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility"

Oct 26th, 6-7:30pm: Hilton 100
Moderator: Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D. Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Sciences

Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, access to food and nutrition.

She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, paperback 2003, revised edition 2007) and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003, paperback 2004, revised edition 2010), both from University of California Press. In 2003, Food Politics won awards from the Association for American Publishers (outstanding title in allied health), James Beard Foundation (literary), and World Hunger Year (Harry Chapin media). Safe Food won the Steinhardt School of Education's Griffiths Research Award in 2004.

Her book, What to Eat, published by North Point Press/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2006, paperback 2007), was named as one of's top ten books of 2006, and a "Must Read" by Eating Well magazine; it won the Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the James Beard Foundation book award for best food reference in 2007.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She writes the "Food Matters" column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs daily (almost) at and for The Atlantic/Life.

A recording of this event will be available to the LMU community after it occurs.