Mark Bittman on Food Matters

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything and the New York Times' Minimalist, discusses his recent Times columns and blog on food. He also talks about how to make better food labels, improve farming and our food supply, and—of course—how to cook everything.


Mark Bittman

Comments [14]

Leslie from Brooklyn

On yesterday's Leonard Lopate show Mark Bittman talked about frozen winter CSAs. Leonard said he didn't know about them. The frozen CSA in NYC, NJ, LI and the Hudson Valley is Winter Sun Farms Go to the web page for information about the frozen local produce and to sign up for a share.

Dec. 14 2012 12:49 PM
Michele Jacobson from New Jersey/Vermont

@Nadia Leaf - This excerpt is from one of my articles on GMOs and concerns honeybees and CCD. I'm not sure about what was occurring in the 1970's, but perhaps this can be of help to you.

"In the past 5 years the honeybee population has mysteriously been dying off in what has been referred to as CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, with over 30% colony loss reported each year since 2006.(9) GMO maize planted in the U.S. -- virtually all maize seed is now GMO -- is coated with a compound which is highly toxic to the honeybee. This compound..."was found on all the dead and dying bees we sampled, while the apparently healthy bees we sampled from the same locations did not contain detectable levels..."(10)"

5 More Things To Know About The Fight Against GMOs -

Dec. 13 2012 06:14 PM
Michele Jacobson from New Jersey/Vermont

I applaud you both for touching on the many topics you did surrounding the food industry today. While it is my opinion that GMOs are, indeed, a hazard to our health, in addition to the health of the environment, the most important thing is to get these topics out into the open to allow people to become educated and formulate their own opinions. (For more information, please feel free to see:

Proposition 37 got more attention with NPR and WNYC than anywhere else on the East coast.

The other interesting part of todays show was the observation that, to a large extent, the European diet has become as westernized as our own. As someone who researches traditional diets of the world and the health benefits that are associated with them, it is alarming to see that Europe is indeed on a 20 year lag behind our own poor health statistics. This is when our fast food chains first began appearing on their shores.

A terrific show today! Thanks!

Dec. 13 2012 06:02 PM
Jf from Ny

It should be illegal to put proven poison into food and hygene products. as it is there is no real choice when its up to us to choose.

Dec. 13 2012 12:42 PM
Lopate Fan from West Village

Occupy Farms already exists:

Dec. 13 2012 12:35 PM
Joseph Redcay from Maplewood NJ

Should we trust the ingredients of food from China and South America less then domestic products?

Dec. 13 2012 12:35 PM
Murray Smith from Englewood, NJ

Re GMO foods and transparency, one argument I heard (maybe Mr. Bittman's?) in favor of that California proposition was that, if the GMO food is unique enough that it warrants patenting, then it's unique enough to be distinguished from the conventional.

Dec. 13 2012 12:35 PM
doug Hale

I know Mark is a runner, I recently received an email from Runners World promoting the Paleo Diet. I know a lot athletes like it. Can Mark comment on the Paleo diet?

Dec. 13 2012 12:34 PM
Nydia Leaf from Upper Westside NYC

Thanks so much to you and Mr. Bittman for this program. In the late 70s in Santa Monica, as Education director of Co-opportunity we pioneered creating a retail market for organic produce in southern California despite doubts and disdain. A concern then that was beginning to surface was for the fate of bee colonies. Perhaps Mr. Bittman could address this. In any event, thank you for expanding the discussion on food production in the USA.

Dec. 13 2012 12:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

1 reason organics are considered "elitist" is that they cost more. What would it take to change this? Could the Food Bill address it?

Dec. 13 2012 12:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I remember a report years ago that an investigation found that the most effective way to protect crops from disease & pests was to plant mixed crops, even if no pesticides were used. So how come the agriculture industry isn't doing this? I have heard it can make harvesting the individual crops difficult, but couldn't this be planned for by planting foods together that reach the harvesting stage at different times in the growing season (like greens & root vegetables [I think]) or that can be packaged & sold together (like broccoli & cauliflower)?

Dec. 13 2012 12:21 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

For the sake of the planet, our health and animal welfare. Go Vegan!

Dec. 13 2012 12:20 PM
Hal from Crown Heights

I understand frozen vegetables have retained more nutrients than even vegetables that have been picked days ago. What are the trade-offs when considering frozen vegetables?

Dec. 13 2012 12:19 PM
Tom from UWS

Growing up in Nebraska, when we drove by a fragrant feed lot my dad's standard comment was, "I smell money!"

Dec. 13 2012 12:14 PM

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