PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Melanie DuPuis, chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences department at Pace Universty, has been selected to speak at a World Health Organization summit on Nov. 20 in Geneva, Switzerland.
DuPuis plans to present her talk "From Clean Eating to Clean Air: When Large-Scale Behavioral Change is (Part of) the Answer."
The talk aims to highlight the impact of the environment on our dietary habits. DuPuis will examine what the history of people's diets tells us about solving environmental problems, how to deal with environmental issues that require large-scale changes in personal behavior, and how democracies can reconcile individual freedom and environmentally problematic behavior.
DuPuis' speech is part of a larger WHO initiative, known as the Global Health Histories project. Its mission is based on the principle that understanding the history of health, especially during the last 60 years, helps the global public health community to respond to the challenges of today and help shape a healthier future for everyone, especially those most in need.
She is also the author of "Nature’s Perfect Food," co-author of "Alternative Food Networks" and the editor of "Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution." Her newest book, "Dangerous Digestion," looks at the history of American dietary advice as a mirror of the political ideas -- and tensions -- in each historical era.