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Michael Moss      

New York Times bestselling Author of "Salt Sugar Fat" and a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter

Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, "Salt Sugar Fat," winner of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing & Literature, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. His writing focuses on the food industry in context of health, safety, nutrition, politics, marketing, corporate interests, and, finally, the power of individuals to gain control of what and how they eat. He has been a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism. He continues to report on the processed food industry and is currently at work on "HOOKED: Food and Free Will" to be published by Random House.

In 2015, Moss was featured in the documentary, "That Sugar Film." The documentary aims to reveal how perceived ‘healthy’ foods are in fact laden with hidden sugars like low fat yoghurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals.

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Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us

Some of the most profitable food companies of the last half century are knowingly manipulating salt, sugar, and fat to addict us to their products. And it’s working. The industry rakes in a trillion dollars a year. Meanwhile, one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year. How did we get here, and what can we do? In this talk, Michael Moss offers an empowering narrative, grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research. He takes us inside the labs where food scientists are enhancing the “mouthfeel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He shows how food companies are adapting marketing techniques from tobacco companies. And he talks to concerned executives who confess that they could never produce truly healthy alternatives to their products even if serious regulation became a reality. Based on the book that has started a necessary national conversation, Moss’s keynote offers an objective and sweeping take of the problems, and the many solutions. You will never look at a nutrition label, or the food on your plate, the same way again.

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