The first of a two-part series examines, from a policy perspective, the 2008 Farm Bill, and changes to be implemented to create a healthy food system for everyone.

“Food Fight! A Close Look at the 2012 Farm Bill” a Panel Discussion, Part One, May 3rd at NYU’s Fales Library

The first of a two-part series examines, from a policy perspective, the 2008 Farm Bill, and changes to be implemented to create a healthy food system for everyone.

New York University’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest and prestigious collection in food studies, will host a panel discussion entitled “Food Fight! A Close Look at the 2012 Farm Bill” on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.].

The Farm Bill, which has had such a huge impact on much of America’s eating life, is up for reauthorization in 2012.  “The Critical Topics in Food Series” will attempt to digest the implications of this far-reaching legislation in two discussions this May.  The first, “Food Fight!” will bring together articulate policy wonks to talk through how the legislation, which ran to nearly 700 printed pages, has wandered madly from its original focus of helping struggling farmers and other hungry Americans after the Great Depression.

This first of two conversations, moderated by Clark Wolf, host of the Fales Library’s “Critical Topics in Food Series,” visits, from a policy standpoint, the many facets and issues of this extensive, complex, and costly legislation.  A reception and book signing will follow immediately after the discussion.   Books from Dan Imhoff and Marion Nestle will be available for purchase at the event.

MEDIA ONLY:  Reporters interested in covering or attending the event must contact Christopher James at 212-998-6876 or email

The part one panelists include:
  • Dan Imhoff­ Publisher & Author of Food Fight! The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill;
  • Marion Nestle Author of the recently published, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, and Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health at NYU;
  • Ned Porter Director of National/Regional Policy, Wholesome Wave;
  • Abby Youngblood Fresh Food For All Coordinator, Just Food;
  • Host: Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant.  Wolf has more than thirty years of experience in the food industry and is founder and President of Clark Wolf Company, a New York-based food and restaurant consulting firm.

Part two, “How Would Julia Child Vote on the Farm Bill: Culinarian Interests and Obligations,” Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Fales. Marion Nestle returns, tossing opinions around with founder Eddie Gehman Kohan, Bon Appetit  Editor Adam Rappoport, Traci McMillan, author of the recently published The American Way of Eating and New York restaurant chef (and periodic farmer) Ginevra Iverson.  McMillan and Nestle will be signing copies of their books at the post-discussion reception.  Both works will be available for purchase, along with Dan Imhoff’s book, Food Fight! The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill.

Suggested donation: $10; RSVP to: with your name and title/date of the event.  For more information the public may call Elizabeth Wiest, 212 992 9744 or email

Food Fight! A Close Look at the 2012 Farm Bill, part of Fales Library’s “Critical Topics in Food Series,” is sponsored by New York University Fales Library; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Clark Wolf.


About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 255,000 volumes, and over 12,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Food and Cookery Collection and the general Special Collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video objects. The Food and Cookery Collection is a vast, and rapidly expanding collection of books and manuscripts documenting food and foodways with particular emphasis on New York City. Other strengths of the collection include the Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll Materials, the Robert Frost Library, the Kaplan and Rosenthal Collections of Judaica and Hebraica and the manuscript collections of Elizabeth Robins and Erich Maria Remarque. The Fales Library preserves manuscripts and original editions of books that are rare or important not only because of their texts, but also because of their value as artifacts.


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