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  • NYS Writers Institute

Rebuilding the Republic: Why We Need a Revolution in the Food Industry

Today's Rebuilding the Republic event features a discussion with Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman, author of 30 bestselling books, is one of America’s most influential food writers. His newest book is Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal (2021) — an examination of food production systems from the inventions of fire and farming, to the agribusiness monopolies and chemical cuisines of the 21st century.

The book explains not only how we can improve the health of our bodies, but also that of our climate and our society, by reforming the ways we grow, process and distribute food. ​Bittman wrote about food for the New York Times for more than 30 years, serving as food columnist, lead food writer for the Magazine, and the nation’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication.

Bittman is currently Special Advisor on Food Policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where he teaches and hosts a lecture series called Food, Public Health, and Social Justice. He is also the editor-in-chief of Heated.

Additional Praise for Animal, Vegetable, Junk: “A must read for policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens looking to better understand our food system, and how we can fix it.”—Vice President Al Gore on Animal, Vegetable, Junk “Bittman leaves no stone unturned in the quest to understand how Big Food expropriated our land, water, and sustenance. Everyone who eats needs to read this book. The future of our species and our planet depends on it.”—Leah Penniman, founder of the Capital Region’s Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black

We support local independent booksellers

Animal, Vegetable, Junk is available to order from the local independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Links of interest

For more information on Mark Bittman, visit

To subscribe to The Bittman Project, visit:

Visit Mark Bittman's Heated project at

Note to students: If you are interested in working on issues related to food, justice and improving the planet,

For more information on the Rebuilding the Republic series, visit:


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