Fresh Off the Vine

The New York Academy of Sciences is putting on an event called Hats Off to Bacteria on Monday, December 2 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Learn about our basic microbial ecology, how our gut bacteria are linked to diabetes and obesity, how newborns are first colonized by bacteria, and how treatments are changing people’s lives. Speakers include Dr. Lawrence Brandt, Dr. Martin Blaser and Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, moderated by Christine Gorman. Go to for more information.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Don’t Eat Anything with a Face. According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults report being vegan, rising to 2.5% in 2011. Taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, we hear from Dr. Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, Joel Salatin, and Chris Masterjohn on which diet is best. Do vegans have the right idea, or are we meant to be carnivores? This debate is taking place Wednesday, December 4 at 6:45 pm at the Kaufman Music Center. Visit to learn more.

Please join the NYC Food Policy Center and the Museum of Food and Drink for the first Roundtable #1: NYC Soda Regulation. Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6:30-8pm (reception to follow). This live debate will focus on NYC’s soda regulation, which, while it remains in question, is a high-profile example of a growing and controversial trend of public intervention in private dietary choices. At the CUNY School of Public Health: 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, New York NY 10035

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