Nutritionist Christopher Gardner discusses the relations of food and society, the modern food movement, and a variety of compelling reasons for rethinking the way we eat in one of our more uplifting conversations.
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Christopher Gardner is an associate professor in the School of Medicine as part of the Stanford Prevention Research Center. His research focuses on diet and nutrition, and has covered a wide range of topics. He teaches two popular undergraduate courses, Food and Society and Human Nutrition. In 2010, he organized the first ever Stanford Food Summit, which has become an annual event that brings together professors, students, and community-based food groups and organizations together in a lively forum about our broken food system. Christopher has been a vegetarian since college, and recently started raising several backyard chickens.
Leslie Chang is a senior with a major in Earth Systems and a minor in Creative Writing. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture and food issues, and hopes to work in those fields after graduation. On campus, she is a member of the Stanford Farm Project, and also loves working with kids at EPATT (East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring). In her spare time she enjoys writing, hanging out at farmers markets, listening to the radio and podcasts, and getting free coffee samples from Trader Joe’s.