Episode #1
Big Gulp: The NYC Soda Regulation

December 5, 2013

In September 2012, the City of New York passed a law restricting the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces in food service establishments like restaurants, movie theaters, and mobile vendors. Though the law has been put on hold by an ongoing legal battle, it remains one of Mayor Bloomberg's boldest public health initiatives.

At the first MOFAD Roundtable, we brought together a nutritionist, an anti-hunger advocate, an economist, and a libertarian to debate the soda regulation, the government's role in protecting public health, how the regulation addresses personal choice, and what this all means for the future of food policy in the US and abroad.

Featuring

Dave Arnold

Founder and President
Museum of Food and Drink
(Moderator)

Parke Wilde

Associate Professor
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Tufts University

Joel Berg

Executive Director
New York City Coalition Against Hunger

J. Justin Wilson

Senior Research Analyst
the Center for Consumer Freedom

Nicholas Freudenberg

Faculty Director
NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College
(Opening remarks)

Lisa Young

Adjunct Professor
Department of Nutrition, Food Studies,
and Public Health, New York University

Further Reading

Program Partners

This episode of MOFAD Roundtable was co-sponsored by the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and hosted at the CUNY School of Public Health. A recording of the debate is available on Heritage Radio Network.

MOFAD Roundtable Team

MOFAD thanks the following for their help with this installment of MOFAD Roundtable.

Episode #2
Seeds of Debate: GMOs and Food

April 27, 2014

Do GMOs pose potential risks to human health and the environment? Can GMO seeds be part of a sustainable agricultural system? Does this technology pose threats to genetic diversity and food sovereignty, and how tightly should it be regulated? Since the introduction of the genetically engineered Flavr Savr tomato in 1994, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been at the center of a polarized debate. With the increasing push for GMO labeling in the United States, public interest in GMOs has reached a fever pitch.

The second episode of MOFAD Roundtable, presented in partnership with the Food Book Fair, brought together a science journalist, a consumer rights advocate, a science policy researcher, and a representative from the biotechnology industry to debate this deeply divisive issue.

Featuring

Dave Arnold

Founder and President
Museum of Food and Drink
(Moderator)

Cathleen Enright

Executive Vice President
Food & Agriculture, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Michael Hansen

Senior Staff Scientist
Consumers Union

Amy Harmon

Science Correspondent
the New York Times

Margaret Mellon

Science Policy Consultant

Further Reading

Cathleen Enright
The Council for Biotechnology Information

Program Partners

This episode of MOFAD Roundtable was co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and hosted in partnership with the Food Book Fair at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. A recording of the debate is available on Heritage Radio Network.

MOFAD Roundtable Team

MOFAD thanks the following for their help with this installment of MOFAD Roundtable.

Episode #3
Whose Responsibility? Marketing and the Ethics of Big Food

June 19, 2014

Is there anything inherently wrong with the way snack foods are developed and marketed? How much responsibility should rest on the consumer versus the manufacturer in matters of labeling and marketing? Do the food industry's attempts to offer more nutritious products reflect a genuine concern for public health?

The third MOFAD Roundtable tackled these questions through a lively debate among experts in market research, consumer advocacy, and public health. Panelists addressed the ethical responsibility of food manufacturers to provide nutritious products, the consumer's role in making healthy choices, how healthy food can be scaled up and effectively marketed, and whether industry attempts to offer healthy alternatives reflect a genuine concern for public health.

Featuring

Dave Arnold

Founder and President
Museum of Food and Drink
(Moderator)

Howard Moskowitz

Chairman
iNovum; Chairman, Institute for Competitive Excellence, Queens College (CUNY)

Christina Roberto

Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

Michele Simon

President
Eat Drink Politics

Derek Yach

Executive Director
the Vitality Institute

Program Partners

This episode of MOFAD Roundtable was co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and hosted at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life on the NYU campus. A recording of the debate is available on Heritage Radio Network.

MOFAD Roundtable Team

MOFAD thanks the following for their help with this installment of MOFAD Roundtable.

Episode #4
Animal, Vegetable ... Miracle? The Future of Meat

October 16, 2014

Global meat consumption is projected to double by 2020 due to increased demand for animal protein and population growth. Other research suggests that livestock production accounts for nearly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If these accounts are accurate, we will soon face pressing questions of where our meat comes from and how it should be produced: Are current meat production methods sustainable, or are non-meat alternatives the right solution from an environmental perspective? Is eating insects ethical? How large a role should animal agriculture play in our food system? Should the ideal human diet include meat, or should we focus on decreasing or eliminating meat consumption altogether?

The answers to these questions are hotly contested, but finding solutions is in everyone's interest. The fourth MOFAD Roundtable brought together a distinguished panel of experts and sparked a lively debate on the ethics of eating animals, the future of cultured meats and other non-meat alternatives, whether there can be "good" meat, and more.

Featuring

Dave Arnold

Founder and President
Museum of Food and Drink
(Moderator)

Mark Budolfson

Postdoctoral Fellow
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and University Center for Human Values Princeton University

Isha Datar

Executive Director
New Harvest

Patrick Martins

Founder, Heritage Foods USA
Founder, Heritage Radio Network

Peter Singer

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
Princeton University

Further Reading

Program Partners

This episode of MOFAD Roundtable was hosted at the Manny Cantor Center. A recording of the debate is available on Heritage Radio Network.

MOFAD Roundtable brings together top experts and advocates to debate hot food issues: Is New York City's proposed soda regulation the right way to fight obesity? Is there anything wrong with the way snack foods are developed and marketed? And what's the deal with genetically modified seeds?

While there is no shortage of strong opinions on these key issues, there are no programs that allow for honest, informed dialogue. What do you think needs to be done?

Join the conversation at MOFAD Roundtable.