The Well Update – Marion Nestle June 18

Marion NestleIn the Bible very few ideas are consistently presented. One that is, however, is a God who in invested in ensuring that all people have enough to eat. Whether one looks at instructions on gleaning or the ministry of Jesus or much that happens in between them, the Bible presents the story of two faiths (Judaism and Christianity) that care about the welfare of “widows, orphans, and the resident alien.”

Marion Nestle will be at The Well on June 18 to discuss the politics of domestic food policy. She will help us better understand how federal policy affects nutrition and nutrition programs, and how obesity and access to proper nutrition are related.

Most of the social safety nets in our country that assist people with access to food and nutrition are found embedded in the farm bill, an enormous bill that is before Congress right now. Food stamps, officially titled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program within the farm bill. Right now the House of Representatives and the Senate have versions of a farm bill before them. The House Agriculture Committee has released a version of the farm bill which would cut over 2,000,000 people off of SNAP as well as gut the program known as Women Infants Children (WIC), which is officially called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Marion Nestle will be here to help us make sense of nutrition, poverty, and the politics that affect us all. Please reserve your ticket and join us June 18 at 7 PM for this very special engagement. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets – Buy tickets for Marion Nestle at The Well.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) 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. Dr. Nestle has received many awards and honors including the 2011 National Public Health Hero award from the University of California Berkeley School Of Public Health.

Dr. Nestle has written many articles and blogs regularly. Two of her books that will be of particular interest for this presentation are Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.