Last updated on: 1/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael F. Jacobson, PhD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, and fluid milk is an excellent source of vitamin D…

Whole milk and many cheeses are major sources of saturated fat and cholesterol, which cause heart disease…

Some studies have found a modestly lower risk of colorectal cancer in people who consumed more milk…

Considering dairy products’ pluses and minuses, it makes sense to consume two to three servings of them a day, but not go overboard with five or six.”

Six Arguments for a Greener Diet: How a Plant-based Diet Could Save Your Health and the Environment, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to milk. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to milk.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director and Co-founder, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
  • National Council member, Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM)
  • Panelist, Public Health Advocacy Institute’s (PHAI’s) 3rd Annual Conference on Legal Approaches to the Obesity Epidemic: Focus on Children, Northeastern University School of Law – Boston, Massachusetts, Sep. 24, 2005
  • Fellowship, Salk Institute
  • Member, Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM)
  • Former employee, (Ralph Nader’s) Center for Study of Responsive Law
Education:
  • PhD, Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Chicago
Other:
  • None found