Marion Nestle quotes

  • Food safety oversight is largely, but not exclusively, divided between two agencies, the FDA and the USDA. The USDA mostly oversees meat and poultry; the FDA mostly handles everything else, including pet food and animal feed. Although this division of responsibility means that the FDA is responsible for 80% of the food supply, it only gets 20% of the federal budget for this purpose. In contrast, the USDA gets 80% of the budget for 20% of the foods. This uneven distribution is the result of a little history and a lot of politics.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Mean #Responsibility #Animal

  • The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Funny Inspirational #Powerful #Four

  • The problem with nutrient-by-nutrient nutrition science is that it takes the nutrient out the context of the food, the food out of the context of the diet, and the diet out of the context of the lifestyle.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Nutrition #Problem #Lifestyle

  • The real reason for health claims is well established: health claims sell food products.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Real #Reason #Claims

  • ...the key dietary messages are stunningly simple: Eat less, move more, eat more fruits and vegetables, and don't eat too much junk food. It's no more complicated than that.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Moving #Simple #Vegetables

  • The trans fat label has been an enormous incentive for food companies to take trans fat out of their products.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Labels #Incentives #Fats

  • Nutrition science, however, suggests that golden rice alone will not greatly diminish vitamin A defi-ciency and associated blindness. [”¦] People whose diets lack [fats and proteins] or who have intestinal diarrheal diseases -- common in develop-ing countries -- cannot obtain vitamin A from golden rice.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Country #People #Disease

  • BASICS OF DIET AND HEALTH The basic principles of good diets are so simple that I can summarize them in just ten words: eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. For additional clarification, a five-word modifier helps: go easy on junk foods.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Moving #Simple #Vegetables

  • There's no question that largely vegetarian diets are as healthy as you can get. The evidence is so strong and overwhelming and produced over such a long period of time that it's no longer debatable.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Strong #Long #Healthy

  • If you like eating meat but want to eat ethically, this is the book for you. From the hard-headed, clear-eyed, and sympathetic perspective of butchers who care deeply about the animals whose parts they sell, the customers who buy their meats, and the pleasures of eating, this book has much to teach. It’s an instant classic, making it clear why meat is part of the food revolution. I see it as the new Bible of meat aficionados and worth reading by all food lovers, meat-eating and not.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Book #Reading #Animal

  • Here we have the great irony of modern nutrition: at a time when hundreds of millions of people do not have enough to eat, hundreds of millions more are eating too much and are overweight or obese.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #People #Too Much #Irony

  • It's a tremendous way of getting people to buy more at lower cost to the producer. There's no question that that's an incentive to buy. Everybody loves a bargain.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #People #Incentives #Way

  • The general public believes that if a health claim is on the label the government backs that up, ... This sells food products, no question.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Believe #Government #Labels

  • Unbelievable as it may seem, one-third of all vegetables consumed in the United States come from just three sources: french fries, potato chips, and iceberg lettuce.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Vegetables #Three #May

  • To speak only of food inspections: the United States currently imports 80% of its seafood, 32% of its fruits and nuts, 13% of its vegetables, and 10% of its meats. In 2007, these foods arrived in 25,000 shipments a day from about 100 countries. The FDA was able to inspect about 1% of these shipments, down from 8% in 1992. In contrast, the USDA is able to inspect 16% of the foods under its purview. By one assessment, the FDA has become so short-staffed that it would take the agency 1,900 years to inspect every foreign plant that exports food to the United States.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Country #Fda #Agency

  • Fat is mainstream, which is why everyone has become complacent. What used to be considered pudgy before isn't even worthy of a comment today.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Today #Mainstream #Fats

  • These days the biggest issue is how many calories you consume. So all of this stuff distracts people from thinking about calories.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Thinking #Issues #People

  • The chef has kids complaining to their parents the food they get in school is better than what they get at home. He's turned this group of kids into curious, adventurous eaters.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #School #Kids #Home

  • It's a completely reasonable diet -- heavy on fruits and vegetables and fresh, seasonal foods. I'm totally for it. It's common sense in a nice package.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Nice #Vegetables #Common Sense

  • What we know about diets hasn't changed. It still makes sense to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, balance calories from other foods, and keep calories under control. That, however, does not make front-page news.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Vegetables #Balance #News

  • They (food companies) are putting $36 billion into directing those choices. And their methods are very effective.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Choices #Method #Company

  • Consumers have to understand that the purpose of these claims is to get them to buy the product.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Purpose #Claims #Consumers

  • One can only be in awe of the creativity of chocolate marketers. My take is that if there is a health benefit, it is small.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Creativity #Chocolate #Benefits

  • Restaurants that have health-conscious consumers will pay attention to this.
    -- Marion Nestle

    #Attention #Pay #Conscious