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Michele Simon Interview on WBAI's Healthstyles program, 09/09/05 (30 minutes)

Taking on Industry

CIFC will occasionally add new resources to this section to help local advocates take on the mighty food and beverage industries. If you are currently waging a battle to get soda and junk food out of school, or trying to advance nutrition-related legislation in your state, these resources can help you counter industry's lobbying tactics and common arguments.

How to Counter Common Arguments for Sodas in Schools

Protect Your Legal Rights: How To Counter Obesity Liability Shield Laws
(A joint project with the Public Health Advocacy Institute)

Favorite Books

Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001) “Eric Schlosser’s compelling new book, Fast Food Nation, will not only make you think twice before eating your next hamburger, but it will also make you think about the fallout that the fast food industry has had on America’s social and cultural landscape: how it has affected everything from ranching and farming to diets and health, from marketing and labor practices to larger economic trends.”--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. Read Michele Simon’s book review.

Fatal Harvest, edited by Andrew Kimbrell (Island Press, 2002) This book will inform and influence the growing public movement of activists, farmers, policymakers, and consumers who are fighting to make our food safer for ourselves and for the planet. It features essays from more than 30 authors including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Michael Ableman, and Jim Hightower.

Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It, by Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen (McGraw-Hill, 2003) Expanding upon previous critiques of the food industry Food Fight offers an extremely well-researched, thorough, and accessible account of how the foods around us are making us fat. Read Michele Simon’s book review.

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Heal the World, by John Robbins (Conari Press, 2001) Find out the truth about popular diets, genetically modified foods, mad cow disease, and the health effects of what you eat. In this long-awaited and provocative sequel to his best-selling Diet for a New America, Robbins exposes the dangers behind many of today's foods and reveals the extraordinary benefits of healthy alternatives.

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, by Marion Nestle (University of California Press, 2002) We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing expos, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health. We learn that the food industry plays politics as well as or better than other industries, not least because so much of its activity takes place outside the public view.

Favorite Sites

Nutrition Policy - National

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Commercial Alert
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Nutrition Policy - California

California Center for Public Health Advocacy
California Food Policy Advocates
California Project LEAN
Center for Food and Justice
Strategic Alliance for Health Food and Activity Environments

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Access

Community Food Security Coalition
Food First
Organic and Beyond Campaign
Organic Consumers Association
Pesticide Action Network
Sustain (UK)

Factory Farming

Farm Sanctuary
FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement)
Farmed Animal Net
Grace Factory Farm Project
Humane Farming Association
Sierra Club

Vegetarian Resources

Compassionate Cooks
Dr. John McDougall’s Program
On the Table
Vegan Outreach
Vegetarian Resource Group