Nina Teicholz, an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” will speak at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. The Summit is set for May 3-4, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo. Early registration is now open for the event.

“The Big Fat Surprise” – named the number one science book of 2014 by The Economist and a 2014 “Best Book” by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Library Journal – challenged the conventional wisdom on dietary fat by explaining why people have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk and eggs for decades. In her book, Teicholz documented how the past sixty years of low-fat nutrition advice has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

Before researching nutrition science for nearly a decade, Teicholz was a reporter for National Public Radio and also contributed to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Economist. She attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She lives in New York city.

The theme for the 2017 Summit is “Connect to Protect: #ActionPlease2017.” Whatever your role in animal agriculture - farmer to association executive, government official to agriculture or food company leader – the Summit is your chance to join a united force committed to protecting animal agriculture and finding solutions to the challenges you face.

“The Alliance has worked for years to promote the role that meat, dairy and eggs play in a healthy, balanced diet through our Meat Matters campaign,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “I personally highly enjoyed reading “The Big Fat Surprise” and following Nina as a prominent voice in challenging the claims frequently made by activist groups to disparage the consumption of animal products. I’m confident her message will be highly valuable to our Summit attendees and can’t wait to hear from her.”