NYTimes foodie Bittman gets into the food fight

Mark Bittman to Cover the Politics of Food

By Keith Goetzman
Utne Reader

Food is infused with politics these days, so foodie columnist Mark Bittman is getting out of the kitchen and into the fray. Bittman announced this week in his popular Minimalist column and blog for the New York Times’ Dining section that he’s shifting gears because of a shift in consciousness:

“My growing conviction that the meat-heavy American diet and our increasing dependence on prepared and processed foods is detrimental not only to our personal health but to that of the planet has had an impact on my life and on that of the column.

“You can see this in dishes like stir-fried lettuce with shrimp, chickpea tagine with chicken, a number of bean dishes and the dozens of other meatless or less-meat recipes that have become dominant in the last five years.

“In part, what I see as the continuing attack on good, sound eating and traditional farming in the United States is a political issue. I’ll be writing regularly about this in the opinion pages of The Times, and in a blog that begins next week.

“That’s one place to look for me from now on. The other is in The Times Magazine, where I’ll be writing a recipe column most Sundays beginning in March.”

Here at Utne Reader, we’re quite familiar with the politics of food, having watched the organic, local, and sustainable food movements grow from infancy into cultural phenomena that are making us rethink the American diet. Last year, our “Food Fight” package of stories was one of our most-read cover sections. So we’ll be following Bittman’s coverage in his new role, and likely following his lead on important stories and analysis.

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4 responses to “NYTimes foodie Bittman gets into the food fight

  1. Great post! Thanks for the info. Dis you see the TED video of Bittman? It is really quite good. I published it on my blog.

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  3. I follow him on YouTube, he has some good recipes. I have never heard his opinion on the poltics of food, it could be interesting.

  4. FSMA:
    The $500,000 gross turnover as cut-off for ‘small’ producers means people with small organic agricultural businesses — who may earn less than $50,000 income themselves — are scaling back their businesses to get in under the threshold. Once again the worthy pay for the sins of the rich and powerful. This bill means less organic produce from day one, President Obama’s wife is supposed to actually care about the issue of food quality and security isn’t she. Either she doesn’t understand the issues sufficiently or doesn’t have the kind of influence that Monsanto et al have.

    The audacity of clueless…

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