Can Walmart Change America’s Eating Habits?

Marion Nestle shares her take on the superstore’s plan to provide healthier, more affordable food.


Last month, Robert Siegel of NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed nutritionist Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, about her thoughts on Walmart’s five-year plan to sell healthier and more affordable foods. While Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, acknowledges that the new standards for processed foods will have a big impact on the food industry, she says the more important effort is to make fruits and vegetables more affordable for consumers:

“The root cause of the problems in our food system is really farm subsidies and the way that they work. We support the production of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat. We don’t support the production of fruits and vegetables. If we want people to eat more fruits and vegetables, we need to change that in some way.”

You can listen to the podcast or read the full transcript from this interview at For more of Nestle’s perspectives on Walmart’s recent food initiatives, check out her blog,

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