Joan Dye Gussow

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Joan Dye Gussow

"Joan Dye Gussow is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and formerly head of the Nutrition Education Department. 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 subsequently served two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board and was a member of the subcommittee that completed the revision of the RDAs in 1989. She also served on NAS Committees that produced Improving Americas Diet and Health, from Recommendations to Action and Nutrition Labeling. In a four year term on the Food Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration she considered such issues as genetically altered tomatoes, cattle hormones, and unabsorbable fats. She just 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. Gussow has served as President of the Society for Nutrition Education, as Board Chair of the National Gardening Association and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and currently chairs the board of Just Food. She is author, coauthor or editor of a number of articles and several books. A long time organic mini-farmer, Gussow now lives on the west bank of the Hudson in Piermont, NY. where she grows her own produce."[1]

Other Affiliations


Joan Gussow has published several books and many articles.


  • Birch, H.G. & Gussow, J. D. Disadvantaged children: health, nutrition and school failure, 1970.
  • The Feeding Web, 1978.
  • Eide, A, W. B. Eide, S. Goonatilake J. Gussow, Omawale (eds). Food as a Human Right. Tokyo: United Nations University, 1984.
  • The Nutrition Debate, (with Paul Thomas) 1986.
  • Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture: Who Will Produce Tomorrow’s Food, 1991.
  • This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, 2001.
  • Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables, 2010.

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Faculty Profile: Gussow, Teachers College, Columbia University, Accessed July 6, 2011.
  2. Slow Money People, organizational web page, accessed February 6, 2012.
  3. Ecology Action Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2013.

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