A Night of Food Politics: Marion Nestle Hosts NYC Mayoral Candidate Food Forum

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, moderated a public forum on food, agriculture, nutrition and hunger with New York City mayoral candidates on July 15th.

The forum, held at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, was aimed at getting New York City mayoral candidates to explain how they would ensure that the city has a healthy sustainable, and economically stronger food system.  Five candidates — Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Catsimatidis, John Liu, Christine Quinn, and Anthony Weiner —  answered questions about food issues posed by members of the event’s twelve host organizations and another 76 participating supporter organizations.

Nestle, recognized for her national leadership in nutrition policy, is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; and What to Eat.

“When the history of the food movement gets written, the mayors’ forum will have to be viewed as an historic occasion,” Nestle said. “It was fun for me to meet the candidates and even more fun to hear them talk about hunger, food access, urban food, and the health of New Yorkers—the issues my department deals with every day.”

To read a summary of the event, visit Marion Nestle’s blog, Food Politics.

(Photo:  Marion Nestle interviews Christine Quinn; Credit Kasia Broussalian)