Joan Dye Gussow Collection
Dr. Joan Dye Gussow is the former Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College Columbia University. She earned her A.B. at Pomona in 1950, and her Ed.M. and Ed.D. at Columbia in 1974 and 1975, respectively.
Dr. Gussow's scholarly interests include food policy generally; specifically, issues related to the environmental necessity of, and practical barriers to, the relocalization of the food supply. Dr. Gussow invented a course called "Nutritional Ecology." She shares the information developed in that course with the rest of the world in her latest book, This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader. Gussow has written other books on the topic, including The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology (Bull, 1978) and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture: Who Will Produce Tomorrow's Food? (Bootstrap Press, 1991).
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 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.
Joan Dye Gussow Faculty File
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