As 2014 wraps up, Dana Woldow of San Francisco alternative newspaper Beyond Chron asked various experts — including Dr. Marion Nestle, Michele Simon, Bettina Siegel, and Chef Ann Cooper — if this was a watershed year for food politics.
Here is what Andy Bellatti, Strategic Director of Dietitians For Professional Integrity, said:
“Within the dietetics world, the virtually unchallenged status quo is that we must ‘sit at the table with industry’ — a viewpoint I don’t agree with. For years, there wasn’t one shred of progress.
However, 2014 was different. The Los Angeles District Dietetic Association voted to reject industry sponsorships and instead raise annual membership dues by a mere $5 per person to make up for the lost industry sponsorship dollars. The California Dietetic Association — notorious for having McDonald’s as their gold sponsor at their annual conference — formed a sponsorship committee a few months ago to discuss the issue.
“I keep getting emails about local AND chapters prioritizing this issue and seeing the need to address it due to member concerns. It’s the epitome of grassroots activism! There is still a long way to go, but some very important steps were made this year.”
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