SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— When we sit down to our next meal, what percentage of the food on our plate do you think is influenced by politics?
“I’d say it’s a quick 100 percent” said Dr. Marion Nestle, a nationally known expert and author who has written several books on the intersection of food, politics, and public policy. “I can’t think of a thing that isn’t about food that’s not influenced by politics.
Her latest book is, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politcs. She has close ties to the Bay Area after having gotten her PhD in molecular biology and her MPH in public health nutrition from Cal.
One of her main points is that she’d like to see farm policy in the U.S. change. “Certainly in the Bay Area there are uncountable numbers of organizations that are doing phenomenal work to try to improve the quality of food for everybody, rich and poor alike,” Nestle said.