Mark Bittman’s Food Manifesto

Mark Bittman, a well-known food writer, New York Times columnist, and author of Food Matters, a book about food, diet, and the environment, has published his Food Manifesto for the Future.

Included are a series of ideas that would make “growing preparing and consuming food healthier, saner, more productive, less damaging, and more enduring.” Here are the highlights:

  • End government subsidies to processed food.
  • Begin subsidies to those who produce and sell actual food for direct consumption.
  • Break up the U.S. Department of Agriculture and empower the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Outlaw concentrated animal feeding operations and encourage the development of sustainable animal husbandry.
  • Encourage and subsidize home cooking.
  • Tax the marketing and sale of unhealthful foods.
  • Reduce waste and encourage recycling.
  • Mandate truth in labeling.
  • Reinvest in research geared toward leading a global movement in sustainable agriculture, combining technology and tradition to create a new and meaningful Green Revolution.

Read the detail behind each one of these points here, in A Food Manifesto for the Future.

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