Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

  • Blogs Divided Over USDA Nominations

    Two new nominees for key food and nutrition positions have received varied reactions from food policy blogs.

  • Does Genetic Modification Work?

    Agricultural biotech companies claim that genetically modified crops have a higher yield. But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists states that traditional genetic crosses outperform genetically modified crops by a wide margin.

  • Our $61 Billion Food Assistance Tab

    Last year, a record half of U.S. infants were enrolled in food assistance programs such as the WIC. But are these programs healthy? And why are one in two American infants so impoverished they require food assistance?

  • One Vision for a Safe Food System

    A chorus of editorials and experts calls for federal oversight to ensure the safety of the country's food supply. Congress should listen.

  • We Regulate Banks. Why Not Food?

    Other countries require scientific proof of health claims before they can be advertised, such as the much-advertised "benefits" of antioxidants or omega-3 in food. Why don't we?

  • The World Food Crisis and U.S. Agriculture

    A USDA report examines what the rising food prices mean for U.S. agriculture. But shouldn't we also be concerned about what will happen to farmers in the rest of the world? If we are part of a global food system, don't we have some global responsibility?

  • How "Health Aura" Tricks You Into Over-Eating

    A recent eating behavior experiment demonstrates the odd effects of "health aura." Not only does the phenomenon let people deceive themselves into over-indulging, it may contribute to the success of largely-unproven and unnecessary vitamin supplements.

  • Feeding the First Puppy

    What should the Obamas feed their new dog Bo? And is commercial pet food safe? Addressing some pressing concerns about the new White House pup.

  • No Improvement In Foodborne Illness Rates

    The CDC says that rates of foodborne illnesses are neither increasing nor decreasing significantly. The meat industry may be using this to claim that the system is working, but shouldn't thing be improving for it to be a success?

  • "Sponsored Science" Strikes Again

    A recent New York Times opinions column uses a study to argue that free-range pork has a higher rate of disease than factory-farmed pork. But guess who paid for the study?

  • How Food Labels Should Relate Healthfulness

    Lots of well-meaning people are trying to develop systems for labeling foods by their degree of nutritional quality. A new study says traffic lights beat out the other systems tested in helping consumers choose healthier foods: green for "eat anytime," yellow for "once-in-a-while," and red for "hardly ever."

  • Are Soda Taxes Good for Our Health?

    Cutting down on sugary drinks is the first thing to do to control weight. So should we tax soda to encourage people to stop sipping the sweet stuff? Some health experts say yes.The debate on soda taxes.

  • Great News: Your Ice Cream Is Alive!

    Brazilian food scientists have invented ice cream with probiotics, bacteria that are supposed to do great things for your health. But doesn't freezing kill off most friendly bacteria? And do we really need someone to make us feel better about eating lots of ice cream?

  • On Pistachio Recalls, FDA Tries New Approach

    The FDA is getting tougher about food safety. But their success on the pistachio recalls don't get at the real problems: the lack of a unified food safety system with some teeth in it, resources to carry out food safety oversight and inspections, and authority to order recalls of potentially unsafe food (recalls are currently voluntary).

  • Can Restaurants Make Food Healthier?

    Instead of stuffing customers with giant portions, restaurants can actually help them eat healthier. It's easier than you might think. Here are a few modest suggestions that would make a big difference for all of us.

  • For Less Childhood Obesity: Drink Water

    A German study shows that more water in schools decreases childhood obesity rates. But could it work here?

  • Does Food Tracing Work?

    The Department of Health and Human Services recently conducted an exercise to see if the government could effectively trace food products. It couldn't. The companies that produce the food can't do it either. If only Congress would give the FDA the necessary authority.

  • The Pistachio Recall Lesson

    This time, the contamination was discovered by a small nut company that routinely tests for salmonella. What's reassuring--and what's scary--about the ongoing recall, already up to 74 different products and two million pounds of food. Update (April 3rd): A mysterious new development.

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Eat Less, Pay More

    Eating well doesn't always come cheap. Nutritionists are always telling everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables. You might think this would be harder to do when the economy goes bad. You would be right. A new report finds that people bought less produce in 2008 than they did in 2007, but are paying more for it.

  • Now You Can't Eat Pistachios Either

    The FDA is announcing the "voluntary" recall of certain pistachio products: a mere million pounds of apparently Salmonella-contaminated products from a California producer. As with the peanut butter recalls, pistachios are used in many different kinds of products. Will this ever end?

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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