Food Revolution - Solutions, Insights, Science, & Humor
Of interest to anyone who eats. Organic? GMO? Gluten-free? How much protein? Vegan or vegetarian? Is sugar toxic? Are artificial sweeteners better? Fish or fish oil supplements? While the importance of good food in human health is obvious, what is or isn’t “good” is confusing! What about food justice, and the overlap in food insecurity and obesity? What about the impact of our food choices on climate change, animal rights and welfare, and the human labor abuses that occur in slaughterhouses, agricultural fields, or fast food restaurants! Many of these topics will come up when Professor Christopher Gardner talks about the ongoing Food Revolution, and he will gladly take your questions as he offers solutions and insights to your eating conundrums with an engaging blend of scientific and humorous perspectives.
Dr. Gardner holds a PhD in Nutrition Science and is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford. For the past 20 years his research has examined the potential health benefits of dietary components such as soy, garlic, antioxidants, ginkgo, omega-3 fats, vegetarian diets, and weight loss diets in the general population. The most current continuation of this work includes an NIH funded weight loss trial among 600 overweight and obese adults that will try to determine if such factors as insulin resistance, genotype and microbiota predict differential weight loss on different diets. Recently his nutrition interests have expanded to two new areas. The first is to explore motivators other than health for making positive dietary changes, piggybacking on ongoing social movements around animal welfare, climate change, social justice, and their relationships to food - stealth health. The second is to focus on a food systems approach to dietary improvements that addresses the quality of food provided by schools, hospitals, worksites, food banks and other institutional food settings.