Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and author of the award-winning Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, is available for comment on a range of topics on nutrition, health and the food industry.

Nestle’s work, which has just been released in paperback (University of California), captured three prestigious awards after its publication in 2002: the James Beard Literary Award, the Association of American Publishers Award for Public Health, and the Harry Media Award for Best Book. It was also a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ book award.

Food Politics reveals how competition in the food industry, in advertising and lobbying as well as on supermarket shelves, detrimentally influences our dietary choices. Nestle, chair of the Steinhardt’s School’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, demonstrates that the food industry encourages us to eat more when we should do the opposite, resulting in a range of health problems. Julia Child called the book “a courageous and masterful expose.”

In March, Nestle published Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (University of California, 2003), which reveals how the food industry opposes safety regulations and explores other threats to our food supply.

Reporters wishing to speak with Professor Nestle, who edited the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, should contact James Devitt at (212) 998-6808 or

EDITOR’S NOTE The Steinhardt School of Education prepares students for careers in education, health and nursing, communications, and the arts and to serve as a source of continuing education for working professionals who seek career advancement and enrichment. On the graduate level, specialized training is offered within the context of one of the country’s leading centers of research. The school is also a center for research and community service, especially committed to activities aimed at improving the urban environment.

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