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    Food Fight - State v. Feds

    While the federal government drags its heels and pays lip service to important food and health issues, state lawmakers and activists are having a major impact by addressing problems locally.

    Obesity, dangerous food additives and nutritional labeling are all being confronted at the state level.  So how are “Big Food” industry lobbyists reacting?  Will state laws continue to lead national policy?

    Join host Jerry Kay as we hear from food law expert Michele Simon,  State Representative Sean Faircloth from Maine and a leading New Mexican additive activist.

    This Week's Guests:

    Michele Simon — Founder & Director, Center For Informed Food Choices

    Simon is a public health lawyer who has been working as a nutrition advocate since 1996, specializing in policy analysis and legal strategies. She has published numerous articles about such issues as the National School Lunch Program, organic standards, the USDA's dietary guidelines, veggie libel laws, genetically engineered foods and banning obesity lawsuits. She lectures extensively, has appeared on numerous radio programs, and teaches Health Policy at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also received her law degree. Simon obtained her master's degree in public health from Yale University.

    Sean Faircloth — State Representative, Maine

    Rep. Faircloth was named Legislator of the Year 2003 for his advocacy for children and adults living with disabilities. Rep. Faircloth was named Legislator of the Year 2004 by the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for his nationally recognized proposals addressing the issue of obesity.

    A University of Notre Dame graduate, Faircloth holds a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He conceived the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor and led the creation of this $4.5 million facility.  Rep. Faircloth is interested in hearing from anyone interested in the issues covered in this show.  He can be reached at:

    Stephen Fox — Activist, Gallery Owner

    Fox is a fine art gallery owner and the founder of the New Mexico Nutrition Council.  He has been a leading proponent of the push to ban Aspartame in New Mexico and contributed to the writing of legislation currently under consideration in the state.

    More information:

  • Aspartame (Nutrasweet): Is It Safe? – H.J. Roberts

  • McDonald's Labeling Scheme: Not Lovin' It – Alternet
  • New Mexico Begins Legislative Process to Ban Aspartame – Global News Matrix

    Web Resources:
  • Center for Informed Food Choices
  • State of Maine Homepage for Sean Faircloth
  • New Mexico Bill to Ban Aspartame in Food Products

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