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Meet the woman who changed the way we think about food
Her name may not be as familiar as foodie writers like Fast Food Nation's Eric Schlosser or Michael Pollan of The Omnivore's Dilemma. But author, academic and activist Marion Nestle arguably made those books – and the whole idea of "food politics" – possible. Her pioneering work changed the way we think about food... and many of her greatest contributions came when she was in her 60s. Now, at age 86, she's penned a memoir, aptly titled, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. She joins Piya Chattophadyay to talk about her life, from the challenges she faced as a female scientist in the early part of her career, to battles with "Big Food" when she was a government advisor, and where she thinks we need to focus our energy when it comes to pushing for better food and better food policy today.