Mark Bittman

Fellow, Food & Environment Program

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Mark Bittman was a Fellow at UCS. He is a former food columnist for The New York Times, the best-selling author of How to Cook Everything, and an activist working to make our food system sustainable and healthier for all Americans.

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This National Farmers Market Week, Let’s Celebrate the Low-Hanging Fruit—and Then Reach Higher

It’s rare to come across a policy that’s actually a win-win: something that does measurable good at the political or financial expense of virtually no one. These policies are truly low-hanging fruit, so obvious that we should feel embarrassed for not enacting them sooner.

One such policy is the recent decision in Los Angeles requiring that all farmers markets accept Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT—the debit card used to redeem food stamps (now called SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Read more >

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Why Aren’t Presidential Candidates Talking about Food and Agriculture?

With the first Democratic debate a week behind us and the election still over a year away, we’ve entered a long but important window to influence campaign conversation.

In last week’s debate, the candidates spoke for 101 minutes during which gun control was mentioned 40 times. Russia and Syria followed in a tight second with 36 mentions, clocking in above the economy, which got called out 30 times. The health of Americans—or more specifically, healthcare—came up less than half as frequently, but still garnered 13 mentions.

How many times did the candidates mention food or agriculture? Read more >

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Wanna Fix the Food System? Science Can Help

A few weeks ago I published my farewell opinion column in the New York Times. After five years, I felt ready to make the leap from writing about a broken food system to trying to do something about it. I had decided it was time to shift my focus toward activism and action. Read more >

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