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MARION NESTLE | Pet Food Research: Science or Marketing?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Nutrition icon, consumer advocate, and author Marion Nestle discusses the pitfalls of industry-funded research, the importance of feeding our dogs and cats nutritional diversity, and much more!



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Dr. Marion Nestle sits down with Rodney Habib & Dr. Karen Becker to discuss the disparity between veterinary recommendations for pet nutrition and the thinking and practices in human nutrition. They mind-jam on the pet food industry's influence on vet schools, students, pet food research, and the misleading lack of transparency in the industry.

Dr. Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, New York University, Emerita. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition. Today, she is considered a national influencer of food policy, nutrition, and food education. She is the author of six prize-winning books with another book anticipated in the fall of 2020. She is a prolific blogger and her Twitter account has been named among the Top 10 in Health and Science by Time Magazine, Science Magazine, and The Guardian. For more details about Dr. Nestle, check out the About Page on her website (link below).


In this episode:

Why is nutritional variety so important (0:45)

Feeding fresh food: ok for humans but not for pets? (8:35)

Industry research - it's just not being done; marketing versus science. (13:26)

Label trickery: ingredients and scandal in the pet food industry (19:19)

Connect with Marion Nestle:

Website/Blog - Food Politics



Mentioned in this episode:

Marion Nestle's books

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