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Episode 17: Joan Gussow

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Joan Gussow is undoubtedly one of the matriarchs of the organic and sustainable food movement. She is a nutrition and education professor at Columbia University, a member of the National Organic Standards Board, and a board member at the Jessie Noyes Smith Foundation. Gussow is also on the Center for Food Safety’s Advisory Board and the Board of Overseers of the Chefs Collaborative. A zealous defender of all things unprocessed, she argues passionately for organic foods but says that we’ve gained nothing if we have organic popcorn in a microwaveable aluminum container. Gussow makes no attempt to hide her disdain for the extravagant abundance of food choices that modern technology has brought, both in and out of season. In her book This Organic Life, she pines openly for an America where she could mass-produce signs reading “this is a winter-tomato-free community.”

Related: Edible Manhattan’s Brian Halweil visits Joan Gussow:
“Her approach helped found a new worldview that has bolstered organic farmers, eco-conscious chefs, radical city planners and today’s most prominent food fighters. The placemats at the pioneering Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont, bear one of her many resonant quotes: “I prefer butter to margarine because I trust cows more than chemists.” In fact, because she published her food manifesto, The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology, way back in 1978, she is arguably the most influential food thinker many modern food enthusiasts haven’t read-at least directly.“

Edible Manhattan Joan Gussow: A woman who wouldn’t stop asking questions and her seminal role in today’s food fight.


Written on Thursday, 22 April 2010 20:09 by Edible Radio

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