Washington State Food and Nutrition Council Podcasts

How Science + Politics Become Public Policy

The New Food Choices in the WIC Program

Cathy Franklin, has been the Washington State WIC Coordinator for 20 years. She also spent 2 years as local WIC nutritionist, and has worked as a Public Health Nutritionist with the Migrant Health Program in Colorado. Cathy is a current member of the National WIC Association Committee on Food Package Implementation.


Food Access and Food Policy

Local Examples from Seattle

Branden Born is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. His research interests include planning process and social justice, particularly with regard to the inclusion of marginalized populations in societal decision-making; land use planning and regionalism; and urban food systems. Branden has been active in developing food system theory and practice for over ten years. He helped draft Fertile Ground: Planning for the Madison/Dane County Food System, one of the earliest university food system assessments, while a graduate student at Wisconsin. In 2005-2006 he was the faculty leader for a Luce Foundation supported studio course at UW-Seattle, for which the client was the City of Seattle, that focused on defining and enhancing the functionality of the Seattle food system. From that class came the Sound Food Report: Enhancing Seattle’s Food System. He remains the faculty mentor for that program for 2006-2007. He teaches courses on food systems, land use, planning methods, as well as community-based studios. He recently co-authored a paper, Avoiding the Local Trap: Scale and Food Systems in Planning Research. Branden is a member of the American Planning Association, and sits on APA’s Food System Steering Committee.


Food Justice – A Growing Movement

Documentary audio - Director, Martina Brimmer and Zora Tucker

Food Justice: A Growing Movement was conceptualized in a coffee shop in Prescott, AZ. The project was formally Martina’s senior project at Prescott College, but quickly became a mutual undertaking when Zora quit her job to head to California for the filming. Neither of them had studied or worked in film, much less attempted to document an issue which called for articulate exposure. The filmmakers felt that the issues of urban food security in relationship to systemic oppression, environmental racism, health issues and the failure of our conventional food system needed to reach the public, with primary distribution within the communities that bear the consequences of social inequity. It was also their intention as activists to portray the world which they are striving to create, and so Zora and Martina focused upon several of many Bay Area grassroots projects that they consider part of the food justice movement. More About Food Justice: A Growing Movement from Directors and Producers Martina Brimmer and Zora Tucker.


Food policy – From initiatives to access

Kelly Horton, MS, RD, CD, Nutrition Services Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Kelly Horton, MS, RD, CD, is the Nutrition Services Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and is also the founder of the consulting organization Connect Nutrition where she is Director and Food Policy/Nutrition Program Planning Consultant. Kelly has an interdisciplinary background in Business Management, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, and Community-based Nutrition. She chairs the World Hunger Committee of the American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. For Lifelong AIDS Alliance she leads a Medical Nutrition Therapy study researching healthcare cost benefit of comprehensive nutrition care for people living with chronic illnesses. In 2005, Kelly was a Science Policy and Technology Graduate Fellow at The National Academies within the Institute of Medicine on the Food and Nutrition Board. She conducted research and assisted with the Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth which produced the report Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? She has facilitated numerous training workshops and educational seminars focused on food policy, access to healthy foods, and sustainable food systems. She is Washington State Food and Nutrition Council’s Agriculture Legislative Chair, a PCC Natural Markets Trustee, a member of the Acting Seattle/King County Food Policy Council, and a member of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Policy Committee. She is passionate about strengthening intersections between food, agriculture, nutrition, and health.


Is the Devil in the Deep Blue Sea? Risk and Benefits of Eating Seafood

Joyce Nettleton, DSc, Seafood Nutrition Specialist

Joyce Nettleton, DSc, is a specialist in seafood nutrition and science communications who has an independent consulting practice, ScienceVoice Consulting, in Denver, CO. She is well known for her work in seafood nutrition and omega-3 fatty acids, including 3 books and scientific articles on seafood composition, omega-3 fatty acids and type 2 diabetes, and mercury in seafood. Nettleton is currently editor of two science-based electronic newsletters specializing in polyunsaturated fatty acids, the PUFA Newsletter for health professionals and Fats of Life for consumers. She holds a doctorate in nutrition science from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Master’s in International Nutrition from Cornell. In 1999, she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Both newsletters are freely accessible at www.fatsoflife.com


Floundering at the seafood case? How to choose and eat wisely

Liz Carr, MES Washington Department of Health, Office of Enviromental Health Assessments, Olympia

Liz Carr, MES, coordinates the Fish Advisories Program at the WA Department of Health, Office of Environmental Health Assessments, developing best practices for issuing recreational and commercial fish advisories. With seventeen years of experience managing marine related scientific research projects, environmental and public health programs, she is interested in the intersection of advocacy, policy and program development. Previously, she worked for non-governmental organizations in the areas of ecological economics and Antarctic research and for the state as a fisheries biologist. Her most recent project the Healthy Fish Choices Grocery Store Project was highlighted in Perspectives UC Berkeley's Health Research for Action as a successful model to help shoppers choose fish with lower contaminants. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies.


Sustainable Seafood, Challenge and Opportunity

Corey Peet, Aquaculture Campaigner for the David Suzuki Foundation

Corey Peet is the Aquaculture Campaigner for the David Suzuki Foundation. The David Suzuki Foundation is a science-based Canadian environmental organization, working to protect the balance of nature and our quality of life, now and for future generations. Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.

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