People are being kept confused, by the fact that they’re being made to focus on nutrients.” -Joan Gussow

These days, it’s understood that eating a variety of whole foods is integral to maintaining a healthy diet. But not so long ago, talking about food was taboo in the field of nutrition.

In this episode of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy talk to Dr. Joan Gussow.

Gussow is the author of many books including The Feeding Web, The Nutrition Debate and Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables. The New York Times has called her the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement.“

“We can produce all the great food in the world, but if we’re not working to transform the very nature of the relations of power in the food system, having good food will be null and void.” -Blain Snipstal

On this edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy talk with peasant farmer Blain Snipstal about Agroecology, food sovereignty, and class struggle.


A conversation with Dr. Alissa Hamilton about milk and her book, “Got Milked? The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk.” Hamilton’s critical take on the dairy industry and its pervasive marketing campaigns chronicle a history of public policy messages that have skewed our perspective on a healthy relationship to milk. We talk about why milk has its own food group, how important it is to get our calcium from a wide variety of foods, and how to demystify the messages we receive everyday about dairy.

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