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"Food Systems Friday" Webinar Series

Join us on September 25th at 12:00 PM (Pacific)
for Episode 16:
More Politics on the Menu - Registered Dietitians and Agribusiness Sponsored Education.

The right to adequate food implies that food be “ from adverse substances and acceptable within a given culture.”* Registered Dietitians (RDs) are at the forefront when it comes to our health and wellness. A recent post in Food Politics by Marion Nestle (Sept. 9, 2020) raised the issue of sponsored education for dietitians, specifically related to the use and safety of chemical inputs and our food. This week’s episode features Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, who was featured in the Food Politics post. She will speak about the educational process of RDs, the governance framework for dietitians and how she came to be involved in the emerging social movement among RDs to address sustainability in our diets.  

*The United Nations Economic and Social Council's Committee on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1999,


"Food Systems Friday" is moderated by Dr. Robin Currey, Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems program at Prescott College. Dr. Currey is an ethnoecologist, the former Director of Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan, an international development and humanitarian organization, and the current non-executive Director for a Mercy Corps-founded bank. Dr. Currey's work has been widely published and she has made presentations of her research across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Meet the Presenter for Episode 16

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an Integrative and Eco-Dietitian with a Master's Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University’s Commencement Ceremony 2019. She serves on the boards of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine which she chaired in 2018 and was part of the duo that revised, updated and presented the Environmental Toxins, Exposure, and Elimination Module of the Certificate of Training Program offered by The Academy Center for Lifelong Learning. Additionally, she hosts the podcast “The Nutrition Show”, authored the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods" and "The Microbiome Diet Reset ", and is a consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system that supports our environment and helps to mitigate climate change. Her website is

Friday, September 25th
12:00 PM PDT/3:00 PM EDT
60 Minutes in length followed by a text Q&A.

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