Food Access

Mark Bittman on Reimagining America’s Food System

November 18, 2021  • Aspen Ideas to Go

Longtime food journalist Mark Bittman says America’s food system needs to be reimagined so land is used fairly and well and people have access to food that promotes health, not illness. His latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal, tells the story of humankind through the lens of food. The frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic moments from slavery and colonialism to our current moment of Big Food. Big Food—driven by corporate greed and gluttony—is exacerbating climate change, plundering the planet, and sickening people. He speaks with Kathleen Finlay, president of the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, about what needs to change so that agriculture doesn’t wreck the planet and healthy food is available to all.

This conversation was held in July by Aspen Community Programs. It was part of their Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit lecture series.

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