This week, on the very first episode of Eating Matters, host Kim Kessler kicks off the episode with a roundtable discussion on food news and policy with Cathy Nonas and Denis Stearns. Cathy is the Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention & Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene while Denis was a founding partner of Marler Clark, LLP, PS, a Seattle-based law firm with a national practice devoted to the representation of persons injured by unsafe food and drink. After the break, Kim welcomes Ricardo Salvador, the senior scientist and director of the Food & Environment Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Kim talks with Ricardo about his role at the UCS which includes working with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable practices. Tune in for an info-packed episode! This program was brought to you by The Tabard Inn.

"The fact that a disparity exists between rich and poor, in terms of food choice, is not new. There's sufficient data to prove that healthier food is more expensive and usually more perishable." [2:26]

--Cathy Nonas on Eating Matters

"Like so many things in the food industry, the use of antibiotics comes down to economics, which is really to say: it's about profit and loss." [5:57]

--Denis Stearns on Eating Matters

"Food is actually a big part of how we use our world. It is the world's largest user of fresh water, with climate change this is a huge factor in terms of how we're going to feed ourselves sustainably. Food is connected to everything. Literally." [19:13]

--Ricardo Salvador on Eating Matters