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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Marion Nestle Speaking at NYU Feb. 13 … Make that March 25

On February 13, Marion Nestle will be speaking about and showing images from Eat Drink Vote as part of NYU's Alumni Speaker on the Square. The event is at the Kimmel Center (Washington Square South), Eisner & Lubin auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.

NOTE: Due to bad weather conditions, this event is now scheduled for March 25.
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We’re Number 20! We’re Number 20!

If you're reading this from outside the US, please excuse the national reference. This claim refers to how the US ranks in Oxfam's compilation of how easy it is to get a balanced, nutritious diet.

A nice synopsis of the report is found on NPR. Max Lawson, of Oxfam, is quoted on NPR as saying "Food is very, very cheap in the U.S. compared to most countries," he explains. "But the fact is you end up with people malnourished in one of the richest countries because they don't have access to fresh vegetables at a cheap enough price to make a balanced diet."

Readers of Eat Drink Vote will not be surprised by this. As stated on the book's back cover "While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it's also necessary to vote with votes to make healthier diet choices more available, accessible, and affordable for everyone."

The full report may be downloaded here.
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Comic Strip of the Day Recommends Book for Holiday Shopping

We are delighted to note that Comic Strip of the Day, a thoughtful blog about comics and cartoons and those who create them, has included Eat Drink Vote among their recommendations for holiday shopping. Mike Peterson, the blog's author, notes "This is both a fun book and a sensible conversation, and you don't find those two factors in the same place very often. Nor do you often find this many thoughtful and often hilarious cartoons on one topic in one place." The post was published on November 15 and may be found here.
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