We highly recommend you watch this Edible Education 101 lecture titled “Consumerism, Marketing, and Health” featuring Dr. Joan Dye Gussow and Michael Moss (FYI: the video only contains Dr. Gussow’s portion).
In her presentation, Dr. Gussow talks about the effects that the food industry, its advertising techniques, and its highly processed products on our food system and health. Additionally, the talk also touches on how advocates and health organizations can begin to dig ourselves out of this Big Food-created public health hole that has only gotten deeper over the past few decades.
It’s too bad that talks like these are never on the agenda at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual conference. Instead, it’s always the usual parade of food industry payroll experts and Big Food front groups defending the food industry’s behaviors that many other health organizations have raised concerns over for years.
For those of you unaware with Dr. Gussow, she:
- Is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University (NYC), where she formerly chaired the Nutrition Education Department.
- Has a B.A. from Pomona College and earned her M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Teacher’s College.
- Is author, co-author, or editor of a number of articles and several books—most relevantly her 1978 book The Feeding Web and, more recently, This Organic Life and Growing, Older.
- Served on the Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer Panel of the National Academy of Sciences from 1980 – 1983, followed by two terms on the NAS Food and Nutrition Board. She has also served on the FDA’s Food Advisory Panel and, most recently, on the National Organic Standards Board.
- She is a founding member of Just Food.”
- Co-wrote an article titled “Are We Really Fixing up The Food Supply?” (published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 1993), in which fortified, sugar-free, and low-fat highly processed Big Food offerings are rightfully criticized for not being part of the public health solution. It’s too bad that, since then, the Academy has only strengthened its ties to the very companies that notoriously healthwash unhealthy foods.