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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Apr 6, 2020

Is organic food really worth it? Are eggs okay to eat? What does it mean if something’s labeled “Fair Trade,” or “Biodynamic,” or “Cage Free”? Health, nutrition, and sustainability expert Sophie Egan explored the world of ethical food choices we face every day. With insight that aims to revolutionize our understanding of food, Sophie drew from her book How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet and was joined in conversation with environmental author and journalist Tim Egan.

Using three criteria—is it good for me? is it good for others? is it good for the planet?—Sophie moved past fads and diets to highlight the importance of information in making informed choices amid the chaos of hype and marketing. Sophie unpacked our eating habits from four perspectives—food produced by plants, by animals, by factories, and by restaurant kitchens. She offered tips for buying produce and cutting down on food waste, and illuminates the truth of sell-by dates, the great protein myth, and much more. Listen in with Sophie and Tim for a forward-looking food conversation that could change the way we shop, cook, and eat.

Sophie Egan is a Stanford lecturer and New York Times contributor whose work at The Culinary Institute of America and now her own agency, Full Table Solutions, has galvanized a nationwide movement to help all of us make healthier, more sustainable food choices—from moms to mayors, restaurant chains to foodservice companies, K-12 school districts to universities. She has written for the Washington Post, EatingWell, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, WIRED, and Sunset magazine. Her first book, Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are, is a journey into the American food psyche.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of eight books, most recently The Immortal Irishman, a New York Times bestseller. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time received numerous accolades, including a National Book Award for nonfiction. He writes a weekly opinion column for The New York Times.

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