Meghan Interviews: A Conversation with Marion Nestle

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There are two things I rarely feel- nervous or embarrassed.  I can honestly tell you that my stomach was doing somersaults and I was genuinely nervous to interview Marion Nestle.

A few months back we posted an insightful Q and A with Marion. If you missed it, you can catch up here. 

This woman is a legend. She makes noise, creates change, rocks the boat and knows what she’s talking about.

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.

Despite my desire to snoop in to her life and ask her what she eats for breakfast everyday, what three things are always on her shopping list, and what her best made meal is, I didn’t.

Instead I asked her what she thought about Dr. Oz dissing organics, what one thing we could all do to create change in the food industry and what she thinks is the greatest culprit of healthwashing.

One of my favourite insights is when Marion says:

“The entire environment of food choice is set up to get us to eat more food”. (tweet that one up)

Marion writes a must-read monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs over at and for The Atlantic.  She is someone you have to follow on Twitter at @marionnestle.

I’d love to know what you think are the greatest challenges with our current food environment. Join the conversation below or chat with me on twitter. 

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