I admit this post is somewhat self-serving. But I am getting weary of so many lists (like this one) celebrating heroes of the food movement that leave out an entire category of professionals that deserve a little respect. They may not be as famous as Alice Waters but they are working just as hard, maybe even harder. So here, in no particular order, are ten lawyers doing critical work to improve how we eat.
3) Mark Gottlieb, executive director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute, which was working on legal solutions to the obesity epidemic before it became popular. (h/t also to senior staff attorney Cara Wilking)
5) Samantha Graff, research director at ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law and Policy), which provides legal analysis and technical assistance on a variety of issues, including childhood obesity.
8) Ellen Fried, adjunct professor of food policy at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and assistant attorney general for New York State.
10) Angela Campbell, professor of law at Georgetown University and long-time advocate fighting to stop predatory marketing to children.
Of course this list is not exhaustive and my apologies to those I’ve left out. The good news is the number of lawyers fighting against the food industry is growing. We sure need them, especially as the battles with Big Food get uglier, so let’s remember to acknowledge them for their hard work. Thank you.