Mark Bittman, author of Food Matters and the Food Matters Cookbook has written his first ever opinion column for The New York Times, entitled A Food Manifesto for the Future. In his own words,
"...food and everything surrounding it is a crucial matter of personal and public health, of national and global security. At stake is not only the health of humans but that of the earth."These are powerful words, these are true words and they are important words. Take a moment to read Bittman's "Manifesto", and then think about this excerpt from Bittman's NY Times blog post entitled What Am I Doing? as he lays out a part of his motivation behind his "Manifesto":
"What’s gone wrong with food in the last hundred years has been a mixed bag of progress and self-destruction. There is no need for anyone in the world to go hungry; yet people do. There’s no reason for food to make us ill, either from chronic disease or communicable ones; yet it does. There’s no need for agriculture to poison the land, air, and water. All of these ills can be remedied, and yet it appears the situation worsens year-by-year. My mission here, as I see it, has several aspects: Try to figure out just why things move in the wrong direction; look for examples of positive societal change; and suggest ways in which individuals can make a difference, not only in our own lives but in the bigger picture."Mark Bittman, a soldier in our food fight, is calling each of us to action - will you heed his call?
For Further Reading
- Books by Mark Bittman: