Commonwealth National Podcast

Panel: Alice Waters, Eric Schlosser, Anya Fernald, Harold Goldstein, Bertram Lubin (7/31/2008)


Alice Waters, Owner and Executive Chef, Chez Panisse; Author; Sustainable Food Advocate
Anya Fernald, Executive Director, Slow Food Nation
Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Bertram Lubin, M.D.; President, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Eric Schlosser, Investigative Reporter; Writer; Author, Fast Food Nation

James Beard Award-winning chef and author, Alice Waters, headlines this panel of experts on food and its intersection with health, agriculture, education and policy, all in conversation with Fast Food Nation’s Eric Schlosser.

Waters opened her renowned restaurant Chez Panisse in 1971 serving a fixed price menu that changed daily depending on seasonal produce and quality. The restaurant has developed a network of local farmers and growers who dedicate themselves to sustainable agricultural practices. Waters is dedicated to the slow-food movement, promoting the pleasure of eating, and encouraging the consumption of locally grown food. She is founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation which orchestrates cultural and educational programs such as nationally acclaimed Edible Schoolyard. Her ideas for “edible education” are used throughout the Berkeley public school system and have recently become even more popular because of rising childhood obesity rates. The winner of numerous awards, she has written over eight books, including Chez Panisse Vegetables. Waters lives in Berkeley, California.

Muckraking journalist and author Eric Schlosser best selling Fast Food Nation grew out of an article for Rolling Stone and was later turned into a film. He also produced the film “There Will Be Blood.” He started out as a journalist at The Atlantic Monthly and gained recognition for his two-part series on marijuana laws. There, he also won the Sidney Hillman Foundation award. He has contributed to The Nation, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He wrote the books Reefer Madness and the children’s book Chew on This.

This is the first of The Commonwealth Club’s How We Eat Summer Platform Series.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on July 31, 2008.