Real Organic Podcast

Joan Gussow: Last 50 Years Brought More Foods And Less Choice

November 07, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 141
Real Organic Podcast
Joan Gussow: Last 50 Years Brought More Foods And Less Choice
Show Notes

#141:  Nutrition icon, author, and professor Joan Gussow reflects on changes in food and farming over the past many decades and how a concentration of power is negatively affecting our food system.

Joan Gussow is a Professor Emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University where she taught her revered course "Nutritional Ecology" until 2022.  Once called the "Matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement" by the New York Times, Joan is a prolific author and researcher, and a talented home gardener.

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