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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Andy Bellatti, MS, RD about food politics, responsibility and education. Andy is a Las Vegas-based dietitian and health coach with a plant-centric, whole-food focus. He takes an interest in food politics, deceptive food marketing, and food justice.

Andy’s work has been published in Grist, The Huffington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Food Safety News, Civil Eats, among others. Andy is a co-founder and strategic director of Dietitians For Professional Integrity, which is a group that advocates for ethical and socially responsible partnerships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Andy Bellatti talks to us about some of the wins and challenges the Dietitians For Professional Integrity experience. We tackle food politics and strategize on how we can make a change in our schools, health conferences and hospitals. Andy shares his thoughts on the influences big food companies and their sponsorship of athletes and sporting events have on younger generations.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Dietitians For Professional Integrity
  • Success and challenges
  • Sponsored athletes
  • Making changes in schools
  • Big Food sponsoring nutrition conferences…
  • Educate our young ones to be advocates
  • In-fighting among vegans
  • How vegan advocates can shoot themselves in the foot
  • Actionable tips to start with today


Links to things we mentioned:

Andy Bellatti’s Website, Facebook, Twitter

Dietitians For Professional Integrity

Soda and Snack Food Companies Welcomed at Nutrition Conference – Time

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle and Michael Pollan


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2 thoughts on “Food Politics, Responsibility & Education with Andy Bellatti – PTP153”
  1. Avatar Noah P

    I thought your conversation with Andy on the podcast was very interesting and informative. I learned lots about how important educating people on healthy foods is, and how much of a problem having unhealthy foods in schools and hospitals is. Before listening to the podcast I never really thought about how much of a problem health education is because I always thought that I was well educated which made me perhaps ignorant to how much of a problem it really is. Overall, I thought this podcast was very informative, eye opening and well done.

    • Avatar admin

      Thanks Noah…lots to consider!

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