My name is Jess Fanzo. I am a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies and the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, based in DC. I work on a range of global nutrition issues: the integration of agriculture and nutrition, food system approaches to improving both under- and overweight/obesity, sustainable diets, and governance.
I am an east coast native, a lover of food and drink, a card-carrying nutritionist by day and I take photos on the side. I like dogs more than cats (but goats even more), red wine over beer, and have a crooked mouth. I am married to a guy (goes by 5cense) who likes fish that sleep and runs a literary archive.
I have lived basically in each corner of the United States – Tucson Arizona, New York and Portsmouth New Hampshire, Savannah Georgia, and Seattle Washington. I guess you could say I am a blue state sympathizer but hate politics. I lived for a stint in Kenya between 10 years of hard living in Gotham City, spent almost three years in the Eternal City of Rome Italy and now back to NYC. I have had the pleasure of seeing roughly 35% of countries in the world.
My stomach is the weakest part of my body, which doesn’t fair well when I travel to remote areas of the world for work. I think I may be lactose intolerant but have never been tested. I crave a good black bean burrito at least once a week. If I had to choose only three cuisines to eat for the rest of my life, Italian, Japanese and Mexican, mos def. 5cense and I guide most of our adventures by way of food. I come from the “live to eat” school of thought.
I secretly want to be a surfer, but I have no balance. I spend my spare time flâneuring the streets preferably in the far reaches of the world as a “solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes” (Sontag).
On a serious note: I believe that everyone has the right to have access to high quality, safe food. I also believe that nutritious food is the road to a healthy, productive life, and without that, prosperous development of populations and countries, starting with mothers and children, is at grave risk. To be denied access to nutritious food, regardless of choice, is infringing on human rights. This blog is all about good food, nutrition and global food security.