Can organic food be mass produced?
Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Nestle received her BA, PhD, and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1988, Nestle was appointed Chair of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She held that position until 2004, when she became the Paulette Goddard Professor in the same department.
Nestle is the author of numerous books, including "Food Politics," which explored the way corporations influence our nutritional choices, and "What to Eat," an survey of how to navigate the modern American supermarket. Aside from her books and teaching, Nestle writes a popular blog for the Atlantic Food Channel.
Marion Nestle: You know when it comes to sustainable and organic agriculture, I think we could do a lot better than we’re doing. Remember we’ve already . . . I’ve already said that we have 3,900 calories a day available in our food supply, which is twice the average need. So we have lots of room for producing less food if that were an issue. In fact most of the research on organics show that it’s almost as productive as conventionally grown vegetable crops, for example. Would that be enough to feed the entire country? I’m not sure. It may be that we would have a mix of organic and sustainable and more conventional . . . less sustainable. But the less sustainable could be done in a way that is much more sustainable. And I think the pressures on the food industry to try to do that are very important, having a big effect, and should be continued.
Organic agriculture is just as productive as the conventional alternative, Nestle says.
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- The Catholic rite of Holy Communion parallels pre-Christian Greco-Roman and Egyptian rituals that involved eating the body and blood of a god.
- A number of Catholic holidays and myths, such as Christmas, Easter, and Mardi Gras, graph onto the timeline of pre-Christian fertility festivals.
- The Catholic practice of praying to saints has been called "de-facto idolatry" and even a relic of goddess worship.
A pragmatic approach to fixing an imbalanced system.
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- While concern and anger are valid reactions to these inequalities, UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan also sees it as an opportunity to take action.
- Srinivasan says that the digital economy can be reshaped to benefit the 99 percent if we protect laborers in the gig economy, get independent journalists involved with the design of algorithmic news systems, support small businesses, and find ways that groups that have been historically discriminated against can be a part of these solutions.