Mark Bittman on Why Fixing Food Fixes Everything

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

How are so many of our most important issues tied to what we eat? What is the relationship between food and issues like climate change? James Beard Award-winning food writer Mark Bittman talks about food, climate change, social justice and his new book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk. “You can’t fix any justice issues, environmental issues, nutritional issues without fixing food. Food is at the center of just about everything,” claims Bittman. “It’s not going to happen from the top down. The push has to come from lots and lots of ordinary people. That push needs to be focused on food, but it also needs to focus on racial justice and gender equality and so on down the line,” he says.

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Mark Bittman is the author of 30 books, including the How to Cook Everything series. He was a food journalist and columnist, opinion columnist and lead magazine food writer at the New York Times. Bittman is a respected speaker -- his 2007 TED talk, “What’s wrong with what we eat,” has nearly five million views -- and he was distinguished fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The recipient of six James Beard Awards and an IACP Award, Bittman is currently Special Advisor on Food Policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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