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Talking Food, Health and Sustainability

Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld had some interesting discussions about food, the environment, nutrition and cooking with three well-known voices on these issues. Take a listen to some of the highlights of his conversations with Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle and Nell Newman.

Please note: The opinions or information presented by the guest speakers do not represent EPA policy or constitute endorsement by EPA.

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001).

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Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle

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 is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, both from University of California Press. Her book, What to Eat, was named as one of Amazon.Com’s top ten books of 2006 (Health, Mind, and Body) , and a “Must Read” by Eating Well magazine.

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Nell Newman

Nell Newman

Nell Newman launched Newman's Own Organics in 1993. The daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Nell had an early introduction to natural foods. At their rural Connecticut home, the family had a garden, raised chickens, and Nell was taught to cook by her mother, as well as spending many hours fishing with her father. Nell attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, graduating with a B.S. in human ecology. She worked briefly at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, but, preferring a more rural environment, moved to Northern California.

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