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.“

Dr. Daniel Moshenberg discusses the wide-ranging impact of food on prisoners in the U.S. prison system. Dr. Moshenberg has worked with women in community-based organizations and social movements which are majority women but are not (yet) identified as women’s organizations or movements. That work has been under the aegis of women’s literacy development and promotion. Most of his hands-on field work has been based in the United States, primarily among immigrant women, and in South Africa. Daniel Moshenberg researches women’s involvement in mass incarceration and in mass household-based labor, largely in the context of global political economies. He is one of the conveners of Women In and Beyond the Global, an open access feminist project.

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