The University of California, San Francisco will unveil its new Food Industry Documents Archive next month, providing a previously unseen glimpse into how the industry works.
The open-access, searchable archive includes formerly classified internal food industry documents for researchers, health advocates, and the public at large. A formal launch event on the UCSF campus on Thursday, November 15, will explore how to use the archive and its potential role in health journalism and policy.
The event will be free to attend and open to the public, featuring the following talks from expert speakers:
- “Food Politics 2018: Food Industry Influence on Nutrition Research” – Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and New York University
- “How the Tobacco Documents Transformed Tobacco Control and How the Food Documents Will Have an Impact” – Stanton Glantz, PhD, Professor and Director, UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
- “Sweetness and Sunlight: Lifting the Veil on Sugar Industry Trade Groups” – Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA, Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy, School of Dentistry and Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
- “Linking Archives to Unpack Collaborations between the Food and Tobacco Industries” – Kim Hanh Nguyen, ScD, MPH, Research Scientist, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
- “An Overview of How to Use the New Food Industry Documents Archive” – Rachel Taketa, MLIS, UCSF Industry Documents Library Specialist
- “The Potential of the Sugar Documents Collection for Investigative Reporting” – Anahad O’Connor, journalist and New York Times Staff Reporter
- “Linking Evidence to Policy: Using Industry Documents to Shape the Debate” – Laura Schmidt, PhD, Professor of Health Policy, UCSF Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Anyone can register to attend the event for free at this link. Attendees will be entered to win a signed copy of Marion Nestle’s new book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.
A livestream of the event will also be available here.