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While food may finally be getting the attention it deserves, its impact on every corner of our world isn’t always acknowledged. But now, more than ever, it’s important that discussions around food fully reflect how it shapes both who we are and how we live. That’s why we — Kate Bittman, Melissa McCart, Daniel Meyer, and I — have teamed with Medium to create this site. With the help of many others (including, we hope, some of you), we’ll explore food and everything that it touches: agriculture, politics and labor; culture and cooking; identity, family and love.
We’re defining “food” broadly and, we believe, appropriately: You’ll find, for example, pieces on agriculture’s contribution to global warming; how to make killer beans and rice; how restaurant owners skirt wage hikes; memories of a grandmother’s favorite dish; how northeastern farmers are leading the cider revival; and what we eat at 4 a.m. when we’re happy or sad. (What are we leaving behind? Restaurant openings, celebrity chefs and trendy diets, so-called superfoods and theories about silver bullets. There’s enough of that out there already.)
We want to explore the possibilities inherent in looking at food from many angles and hearing about it from many voices: seasoned and novice food writers and investigative reporters, academics and activists, famous figures and total unknowns, novelists and poets, cooks and chefs, farmers and eaters. Whoever you are, if you have something important to say about food, we’re listening.
This wide net represents something between an agenda and a dream: To participate in a movement that’s helping to reshape the food system.
Food should be fair to people and animals, affordable for everyone, and procured in a way that respects our natural resources. Food should make us healthy, and in an ideal world, it should taste good. A website can’t make that happen, but we can play a role, as advocacy journalism should and always has.