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Joan Dye Gussow

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. (Pre-med) Pomona College, Claremont, CA
M.Ed., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Food policy generally; specifically, issues related to the environmental necessity of, and practical barriers to, the relocalization of the food supply.

Selected Publications


Books:

Birch, H.G. & Gussow, J. D. Disadvantaged children: health, nutrition and school
failure, 1970.

The Feeding Web, 1978;

Eide, A, W. B. Eide, S. Goonatilake J. Gussow, Omawale (eds). Food as a
Human Right. Tokyo: United Nations University, 1984

The Nutrition Debate, (with Paul Thomas) 1986

Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture: Who Will Produce Tomorrow’s
Food, 1991

This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, 2001

Growing, Older:  A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables, 2010


Articles:
Gussow, Joan. Counternutritional messages of TV ads aimed at children.
J.Nutr. Educ. 4: 48-52, Spring, 1972.

Gussow, Joan. Improving the American diet: fortification or education. J.
Home Econ. 65: 8: 6-10, November, 1973

Gussow, Joan. The organic alternative. Nutr. Today, March-April, 1974

Gussow, Joan. Consuming in the year 2000. Centerpiece. Teachers College
Record 76: 665-673, May, 1975.

Gussow, Joan. Agriculture, food and nutrition. In: Nash,Hugh, Ed.,
Progress as if Survival Mattered. A Handbook for a Conserver Society. San
Francisco: Friends of the Earth, 1978.

Gussow, Joan. The educational effects of nutrition. In: Hansen, Kenneth
(ed.) Beyond the School: What Else Educates. A report of the chief state school
officers 1977 summer institute. U.S. Office of Education, Council of Chief
State School Officers, and Michigan Department of Education, 1978.

Gussow, Joan Dye (Ed.) Learning and eating: the new nutrition education.
Teachers College Record 81(4) summer, whole issue. 1980.

Gussow, Joan Dye. For the record: Food and nutrition education: a
redefinition. In: Gussow, J.D. (ed) Learning and eating, ibid.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Who pays the piper? In : Gussow, J.D. (ed) Learning and eating, ibid.

Gussow, Joan Dye. The science and politics of nutrition education. Journal
of Nutrition Education 12 (3): 140-144, July-September, 1980

Gussow, Joan Dye. Nutrition education in a world of limits. Food and
Nutrition Notes and Reviews (Australia), 37 (4): 141-145, 1980.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Growth, truth and responsibility: Food is the bottom line.
Occasional paper of the Institute of Nutrition of the University of North Carolina.
6: 1-15, March, 1981.

Gussow, Joan Dye and Isobel Contento. Nutrition education in a changing
world: A conceptualization and selective review. World Review of Nutrition
and Dietetics (G. Bourne, Ed.) 4: 1-56, 1984.

Schatan, Jacobo, Joan Dye Gussow. Ecology, culture and the right to food.
In: W. B. Eide, et al. Ibid, 1984.

Gussow, Joan Dye, W. B. Eide, Olivia Muchena. Women and food: equity
and development. In: W. B. Eide, et al., Ibid, 1984

Gussow, Joan Dye. Food security in the United States: A nutritionist's viewpoint.
In L. Busch and W. B. Lacy. Food Security in the United States: Adequacy, Availability, Accessibility.
Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 1984. Pgs 207-230.

Gussow, Joan Dye. A modest proposal. Food Monitor 2: 3: 8-9, Summer, 1985.

Gussow, Joan Dye and Katherine Clancy. Dietary guidelines for
sustainability. Journal of Nutrition Education 18: 1: 1-5, February, 1986.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Women, food and the future. Journal of the Canadian
Dietetic Association 47: 3: 138-141 (English) 142-146 (French), August, 1986.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Women, food and power. Annals of Earth IV: 3: 7-10,1986

Gussow, Joan Dye. The fragmentation of need: Women, food and
marketing. Heresies 6:1:39-43 (#21) 1987.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Women, food ,and the survival of the species.
Innaugural lecture as Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and
Education. May 3, l988. N.Y.: Teachers College Monograph, l989.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Does cooking pay? Journal of Nutrition Education 20: 5:
22l-226, October, l988.

Herrin, Marcia and Joan Dye Gussow. Designing a sustainable regional
diet. Journal of Nutrition Education 2l: 6: 270-275, December, l989

Gussow, Joan Dye. Why cook? Journal of Gastronomy 7 (1) 79-88,
Winter/Spring, 1993

Gussow, Joan Dye. But what can I eat in March? If we can grow it, can we get
them to eat it? Natural Farmer 2 (16) 14- , Spring, 1993.

Gussow, Joan Dye. But what can I eat in March? If we can grow it, can we
get them to eat it? Natural Farmer 2 (16) 14- , Spring, 1993.

Gussow, Joan Dye & Sharon Akabas. Are we really fixing up the food
supply? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 93: 11: 1291-1297,
November, 1993.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Ecology and environmental considerations: does
environmental responsibility demand the elimination of livestock?
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59 (Supplement): 1110S-6S, May, 1994.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Mediterranean diets: are they environmentally
responsible? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61 (supplement) 1383S-
1389S, 1995.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Is organic food more nutritious? And is that the right
question? Organic Farming Research Foundation Information Bulletin 3: 1,10, Fall, 1996.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Can an Organic Twinkie be Certified? In Madden, P. (ed) For
All Generations: Making World Agriculture More Sustainable, WSAA. 1997

Gussow, Joan. Can a Community Have a Food System? pp 3-15 in: Feenstra, G;
D. Campbell, D. Chaney, eds. Community Food Systems: Sustaining Farms and
People in the Emerging Economy. Davis, CA: UCDANR, SAREP, September, 1997.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Dietary Guidelines for Sustainbility: Twelve Years Later.
Journal of Nutrition Education, , July/August, 1999

Gussow, Joan Dye. Review of Lappe, Marc and Britt Bailey Against the Grain:
Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food. Washington, D.C./Covelo, CA: Island Press,1998,
in The Workbook, 24:1:12-13, Spring.

Gussow, Joan Dye. Can a Community Have a Food System? Open Spaces 2:2:
8-17, 1999

Gussow, Joan Dye. Is Local vs. Global the Next Environmental Imperative?
Nutrition Today 35: 1, January/February, 2000.

Gussow, Joan. Potatoes, and Zucchini. Two chapters for Gourmet Vegetables , New York, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2002.

Gussow, Joan Dye. The Incompatibility of Food and Capitalism. The Snail Issue 2 and 3
(8/2002), p 22-25.

Gussow, Joan Dye, Reflections on Nutritional Health and the Environment: The
Journey to Sustainability. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 1:1:3-25, 2006.

Stringer, Scott and Joan Dye Gussow, A recipe for a Healthier America, Huffington Post, April 3, 2009.

professional experiences

biographical information

Joan Dye Gussow is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and formerly head of the Nutrition Education Department. From 1980 to 1983, Dr. Gussow served on the Diet, Nutrition and Cancer Panel of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1984, she was simultaneously appointed to the Board of the National Gardening Association and to the Food and Nutrition Board of the NAS -- a symbolic reflection, she felt, of her professional goal of linking food growing to nutrition science. She subsequently served two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board and was a member of the subcommittee that completed the revision of the RDAs in 1989. She also served on NAS Committees that produced Improving Americas Diet and Health, from Recommendations to Action and Nutrition Labeling. In a four year term on the Food Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration she considered such issues as genetically altered tomatoes, cattle hormones, and unabsorbable fats. She just completed a five-year term on the National Organic Standards Board where she worked to help shape the regulations that will determine the quality of foods USDA certified as organic. Gussow has served as President of the Society for Nutrition Education, as Board Chair of the National Gardening Association and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundadion, and currently chairs the board of Just Food. She is author, coauthor or editor of a number of articles and several books. A long time organic mini-farmer, Gussow now lives on the west bank of the Hudson in Piermont, NY. where she grows her own produce.

HBSV 4013: Nutritional ecology

A course for non-majors and majors. Nutrition and food as viewed from a global, ecological perspective. Topics include food/population problems and food aid, food product development and promotion here and abroad, energy and food relationships, food safety and the changing American diet, organic agriculture and natural food, biotechnology, and other topics as appropriate.