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#010: Do our health statistics reflect a very different story about the American diet and the overall quality of our food than we tell ourselves? Joan Gussow says "absolutely" - especially if you focus on 21 year old males.
Called "the Matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally movement" by the New York Times, Joan Dye Gussow has taught Nutritional Ecology at Columbia Teachers College since the early 1970s. As a dedicated environmentalist, she has challenged the greater nutrition community to incorporate ideas and teachings about sustainable agriculture and soil health into their conversations. Joan is the author of The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology, The Nutrition Debate, and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture and is a member of the Real Organic Project Advisory Board.
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