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Kristin Wartman
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Kristin Wartman is an author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Grist, and Civil Eats. Kristin is the author of the forthcoming book, Formerly Known As Food, to be published by St. Martin's Press. She writes on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Kristin lives in New York City. Read more of her writing at

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Carl's Jr. Unveils Grass-Fed Burger With Side of Nudity

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:45 AM

According to the logic of fast food companies, caring about the province of your food or the state of your health is akin to snobbery, pretentiousness, and even being part of the "nanny-state." But fast-food marketers are also aware that the tide may be turning. Several recent McDonald's...

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Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Wages Class War in New Ads

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 8:29 PM

If food is culture, then we in America are a country divided. Though overt talk of class politics has always been somewhat taboo, the food industry has long engaged in various forms of class baiting. In the early 1960s, food manufacturers marketed their convenient products by appealing to middle class...

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A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 5:53 PM

As people streamed out of the Kara Walker installation "A Subtlety" on a recent Sunday afternoon to buy an ice cream cone from one of the trucks idling outside the old Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, I wondered how many thought about the jarring contradiction: paying...

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Killing Crows in New York State

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:18 PM

Did you know that in New York State (outside of New York City) it is legal to kill crows? While most other birds are protected under state laws, crows are not. Crows are highly intelligent, social creatures that live in multi-generational family units, according to birder and blogger...

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Safe Shmafe: How Slate's Latest Article on Pesticides Got It (Really) Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Last week, Slate published an article claiming that -- counter to popular assumptions -- the pesticide levels on most of the produce we eat are nothing to worry about. The title says it all: "Organic Shmorganic: Conventional Fruits and Vegetables are Perfectly Healthy for Kids."

In one sensational,...

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GMO-Free, and Fewer Calories Too! Big Food Makes Some PR Moves

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Last week the food industry congratulated itself for cutting calories from its products, right after one major corporation, General Mills, announced that Cheerios would henceforth be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Both stories generated plenty of media attention, and in an era when food companies are widely criticized for...

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Got (Organic Whole) Milk? New Study Says It's Healthier

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Remember that Stanford study last year that claimed organic foods were no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts? It made national headlines seeming to vindicate critics of organic farming practices and confirming to skeptics that organics are nothing more than a marketing scheme. I

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Trans Fats: Deadly Consequences of FDA Inaction

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:15 PM

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a proposed ban on trans fats, decades after the science first implicated the artificial fat in causing arterial damage and increased risk for heart disease. Scientists first started sounding alarms about the dangers of trans fats in the 1980s,...

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Antibacterial Products: More Harm Than Good

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:01 PM

We are approaching flu season, and there's one scene that's becoming more and more common: people and parents dousing themselves and their children with antibacterial soaps. But this aggressive tactic may actually be causing more harm than good. That's because antibacterial soaps, much like antibiotics, don't discriminate between good and...

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McDonald's Halloween Trick: There's No Pumpkin in That Latte

(36) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 9:20 PM

Forty-eight grams of sugar -- that's how much sweetener is in one medium-sized Pumpkin Spiced Latte from McDonald's. The ads for this autumnal drink are everywhere lately, but what's absent is any indication of what comprises this "seasonal treat."

Most people would never guess just how much sugar...

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America Shut Down

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:27 PM


I took this photo outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn Friday morning. It seems especially apropos as the government shutdown will greatly affect our most vulnerable citizens.

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The Shutdown: Our Food Safety, Health and Welfare at Stake

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:25 PM

While Congress battles it out over health care reform, the resulting government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts on food safety, environmental protections, food production and farming. It also has serious implications for the health and nutrition of many Americans. Depending on the duration of the shut down, it could be...

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The FDA: Working Hard to Protect Industry

(13) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:05 PM

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) made two moves in recent days that seemingly address consumer concerns on some hot button issues. First, it banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA)-based epoxy resins in coatings for baby formula packaging. Second, it proposed a limit on how much arsenic is...

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Bloomberg's No Beyoncé: The Real Dilemmas With NYC's Soda Ban

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:28 PM

The Bloomberg administration is back in court three months after a state court judge barred New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to create a city-wide ban on sugary beverages over 16 ounces. Reports of the latest court proceedings say that the judges were more sympathetic to lawyers...

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Connecting the Dots: GMOs and Our Food Future

(16) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 4:03 PM

The recent New York Times editorial, which argues against labeling genetically modified foods (GMOs), is shocking in its shortsightedness. The thrust of the argument is that GMOs pose no risk to consumers; the editorial reads, "there is no reliable evidence that genetically modified foods now on the market...

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New Report: Big Food Co-Opts Nutrition Group's Message

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:30 PM


If there is one topic that Americans are generally confused about it's nutrition. Although the word simply means the materials necessary in the form of food to support life, our cultural understanding of it has shifted dramatically -- with various industries co-opting the word...

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Jane Brody Gets It (Really) Wrong 'Debunking' Health Myths

(16) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Jane Brody, a longtime health columnist for The New York Times, has undoubtedly written great columns over the years, but her most recent one, published on Dec. 31, 2012, was not one of them. In fact, this column, which claims to debunk health myths, is one of the...

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Beyoncé & PepsiCo: The $50 Million Deal with the Devil

(86) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 4:05 PM


There was good news this week with several cities reporting declining rates of childhood obesity. While modest, any decline in this alarming trend is promising: New York City reports a five and a half percent decrease; Philadelphia, five percent; and Los...

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Prop 37 Fails: Why We Can't Rely on Policy to Change Our Food System

(46) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 2:25 PM

On Tuesday, Californians voted on Proposition 37, which if passed, would have required the mandatory labeling of genetically-modified foods (GMOs). Ultimately, the proposition failed by a relatively narrow margin: 46.9 percent to 53.1 percent. This indicates that close to half of all California voters (or more than four...

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The One-Two Punch: Big Food Gets Kids Hooked Early and Often

(25) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 2:06 PM

If we knew that there was epidemic among our children that would cause them to die at increasingly younger ages and if we also knew that this disease was entirely preventable, wouldn't we do everything in our power to eradicate it?

In fact, we do have an epidemic and it's...

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