Lethal But Legal

People familiar with Eat Drink Vote may also be interested in a new book by Nick Freudenberg, the director of Hunter College's Food Policy Center. The book is Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption and Public Health. In this book, Freudenberg explores how profits and public health are dealt with in a variety of industries including alcohol, cigarettes, guns, cars as well as food and beverages.

Marion Nestle provided a blurb for the book:
"Lethal But Legal is a superb, magnificently written, courageous, and thoroughly compelling exposé of how corporations selling cigarettes, guns, cars, drugs, booze, and food and beverages enrich themselves at the expense of public health. Even more important, Freudenberg tells us how we can organize to counter corporate power and achieve a healthier and more sustainable environment. This book should be required reading for anyone who cares about promoting health, protecting democratic institutions, and achieving a more equitable and just society."

So, Lethal But Legal reminds us that a food environment that is healthier for people and the planet is within our reach if we vote with our votes and with our forks.
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Upcoming Appearances

Hey Northern California and New York City - Check out these events!

October 15 - If you're in San Francisco, Marion Nestle will be at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at 6PM. She'll appear in a conversation with Narsai David, Food and Wine Editor, KCBS Radio. Tickets are required and they may be purchased here.

October 19 - Near Corte Madera? See Marion Nestle at Book Passage, 11am. Registration, which included purchase of the book, is required. Details are here.

October 23 - New York City - Marion Nestle will be joined by two cartoonists whose cartoons are included in Eat Drink Vote: Jeff Danziger and Signe Wilkinson. They will appear at the Society of Illustrators 6 - 8PM. Tickets are required and details are here.

October 30 - New York City - At the James Beard House, Noon - 1PM - Marion Nestle will speak about Eat Drink Vote as part of the Enlightened Eaters Events. Reservations are required and a donation is suggested. Details are here.
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“Badass Lunch Lady” Discusses School Lunches

Jocelyn Zuckerman of "On Earth Magazine" sat down for lunch with Marion Nestle. The two chatted about the business and political interests that converge in the school lunch program as well as the growth of programs that link farmers and students.

The article ends with "Despite the entrenched interests, she (Nestle) said, changes are happening, in large part because Americans better understand the importance of what they put in their mouths. With Eat, Drink, Vote, the badass lunch lady furthers the cause.

The full article is found here.

One of the groups cited in the article is Food Corps. If you'd like to learn more about Food Corps and other groups working to improve childhood nutrition, visit here. Vote with your time and fork!
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Amazon Posts Interview with Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle was interviewed by Kerry Trueman about Eat Drink Vote. The interview is posted on Amazon ... and a question about this cartoon that was omitted is posted on Marion's site, Food Politics!

In the interview, Marion addresses the importance of food policy. If this interests you, here is one group you might want to check out - Food Research and Action Center. If you'd like to see other groups active in food policy as well as other aspects of the food movement, please see here.
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Food Politics and NYC Mayoral Election

Marion Nestle recently moderated a food forum for candidates for mayor in New York City. She posted about it on her blog Food Politics. This was an exciting event not just because of what it meant to the voters of New York City but because of what it indicated about the food movement. As Nestle notes in her post, "The food movement is strong enough to make candidates for office stand up, listen and take food issues seriously." The forum was the result of 88 food advocacy groups coordinating their efforts. Nestle comments that this "... proved that food coalitions can have political power." Concluding the post, Nestle states "I can’t think of a better time for food advocacy groups to join forces and work collectively toward common food system goals." Here's to that! Join the 1,000+ in the audience plus an overflow crowd! Watch Marion and the candidates here. Vote with your time: Here are groups working on diverse food-related issues.
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