The Future of Food
When it comes to food in America, a lot has changed in the past few decades:
- Americans used to spend 15% of their disposable income on food, now they spend just 6.1%.
- In 1982, 12% of our groceries were processed food and sweets. Now it is 23%.
- The U.S. used to have 6.8 millions farms. Now there are about 2 million.
“The food system has changed for the worse. Yes, food is cheap or appears to be cheap, but it’s not good for us and that’s a problem,” explained Mark Bittman, acclaimed cookbook author and NY Times journalist.
The issue of ‘food’ is not just about sustenance and taste. It’s also about economics and climate issues. Health. Inequality.
To explore these aspects of our food system, Bittman recently embarked on a series of interviews with scientists, farmers, policy experts and food researchers for his series California Matters.
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