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34 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Agribusiness Innovation with Joshua Hofheimer
In this episode of Repast, Michael sits down with Joshua Hofheimer, a partner at Sidley, whose practice focuses on representing clients in the agribusiness and food and information technology sectors, among other areas. Michael and Josh discuss the tremendous amount of innovation that has taken place in agribusiness over the last few years, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs and talent. They discuss specific areas of innovation, including GE foods and CRISPR technology, and chat about the future of agribusiness. Joshua Hofheimer is a partner at Sidley. Michael T. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law.
37 minutes | May 21, 2021
Protecting the Liver, Feeding the Gut, and Changing Society with Dr. Robert Lustig
This month, Michael and Diana talk with Dr. Robert Lustig about his new book, Metabolical, The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine. They talk about the health harms caused by processed foods and the massive increase in sugar consumption over the last several decades; possible societal interventions to address these problems; how the processed food public health battle is like the battle over tobacco; and more, including Dr. Lustig’s personal advice to all of us as to what healthy foods do: “Protect the liver, feed the gut.” Dr. Robert Lustig is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. Michael T. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law.Diana Winters is the Deputy Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law. You can order Dr. Lustig’s new book, Metabolical, here.You can find Dr. Lustig’s previous book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, here, and his book, Fat Chance, here.
34 minutes | May 4, 2021
Reforming Food Systems with Nancy E. Roman
In this episode of Repast, Diana Winters and Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), discuss Nancy’s journey to transforming the food landscape, and look at some of PHA’s most significant campaigns. These include Pass the Love with Waffles + Mochi, a food equity campaign held in conjunction with Michelle Obama’s Netflix show about good food, and its Healthy Hunger Relief initiative, where PHA is working to improve the nutritional profile at our nation’s food banks.Nancy and Diana also discuss some of the most important food system action items Nancy would like to see happen in both the Biden administration and on a global scale, and look forward to the upcoming PHA Summit as well as the UN’s 2021 Food Systems Summit, a potentially transformative moment in food systems reform. Diana Winters is the Deputy Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law.Nancy E. Roman is the President and CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America. You can read Nancy E. Roman’s latest blog post on reforming the food system here.You can register for the PHA 2021 Summit, to be held virtually on May 12, 2021, at 10am PT/1pm EST, here.You can find more information about the UN’s 2021 Food Systems Summit here.
30 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
True Cost Accounting and Food Policy with Paula Daniels
In this episode of Repast, Diana Winters interviews Paula Daniels on Los Angeles food policy, the L.A. Food Policy Council, which she founded, the Center for Good Food Purchasing, and a forthcoming book, True Cost Accounting for Food: Balancing the Scale, that she edited and in which she has a chapter. Paula and Diana discuss true cost accounting, which Paula distills with the following Oscar Wilde quote:“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. And a sentimentalist . . . is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing.”For more on true cost accounting, listen now. Diana Winters is the Deputy Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law. Paula Daniels is Co-founder and Chair of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a social enterprise non-profit founded in July of 2015 as a national spin-off from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which Paula founded in 2011. You can pre-order True Cost Accounting for Food here. Music by Ike Winters.
36 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Food Policy with Senator Tom Harkin
In this episode of Repast, Michael Roberts interviews Senator Tom Harkin on his years in Congress and his significant impact on food policy, the Harkin Institute and its focus on wellness and nutrition--including the Institute's upcoming symposium on food as medicine--and the opportunities Senator Harkin sees for food policy with the Biden administration .Michael T. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law.Senator Tom Harkin represented Iowa in the United States Congress for more than four decades. He served Iowa’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985, and was a U.S. Senator from 1985 to 2015.You can read about and register for the 2021 Harkin on Wellness Symposium on March 8-9, 2021 here.Music by Ike Winters.
41 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Salt Wars with Michael Jacobson
In this episode of Repast, Michael T. Roberts interviews Michael Jacobson on his new book, Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet. Salt Wars describes the long struggle to reduce the dangerous levels of sodium in the American diet, and explains how industry has fought efforts to regulate salt. Here, Roberts and Jacobson discuss the harms of salt, government inaction, and the exceptional nature of food regulation in the United States.Michael T. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA Law.Michael Jacobson is the co-founder and long-time Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).You can buy Salt Wars here. Music by Ike Winters
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