I'm delighted to announce Food For Thought, a new HuffPost section in partnership with Chipotle. As part of our site-wide focus on well-being and sustainability, Food For Thought will be examining our attitudes toward food, asking where our food comes from and how it's produced, because there are plenty of forces and special interests at work that would rather you not ask too many questions -- at great cost to our environment, our health, and the planet. We believe that it's important to consider not only the food in front of us -- on our plates, in our kitchens, in restaurants we patronize -- but to look closely at the many stages of food production and preparation that are often invisible to us.
In a discussion with New York Times food writer Melissa Clark at the New York Wine and Food Festival this weekend, David Bouley talked about his philosophy and practice of slow cooking vegetables as method of "cooking for longevity."
With our vision firmly planted on what's next, are we losing sight of what's right around us? Will our memories be weaker, less pronounced and less invigorating if our connection with our present experience is distracted and detached?
A look at the top 10 drinking countries worldwide.
Governments and some big businesses know most people get the same buzz from a good discount as they get from gambling. But the "house" always wins. This discount technique comes into play in our food, which most things are dirt-cheap compared to their organic counterparts.
The concept of raising fresh produce in the middle of a crowded city sounds far fetched to the uninitiated, but over the last few years, the realization of this "far fetched" idea has resonated well with those that live there. The future looks bright for city farming.
Farmers aren't just farmers. They're business women and men, innovators and teachers, entrepreneurs and stewards of natural resources. With the support of research institutions, donor communities and eaters, family farmers have the power to nourish both people and the planet.
If food really is #trending, then we can use this as an opportunity to get serious about demanding better policies from our representatives. We can ride the momentum of the "foodie" wave and genuinely connect with the sources of our sustenance.
Groups working on hunger too often focus on agricultural yields at the expense of nutrition and biodiversity and forget that we already grow enough food to feed the world and are wasting 40 percent of it.
Nothing about our current food system is inevitable. Fast-food companies have the opportunity to shake their bad reputation if they think anew. Our young black men and women are suffering from a health crisis, and fast-food chains have a responsibility not to profit off of their misfortune.
Claiming that this drink is "pumpkin spiced" is misleading, if not an outright lie, but it is all too common for a food industry that bases marketing and product sales on an array of inaccurate and false claims.
As a nation, our eating habits are out of control. Instead of fixating on the latest study, we need to reject the status quo, vote with our grocery dollars, and call for the government to reallocate public funds to stem the spread of cheap junk.
For the first time in recorded history the next generation is expected to die younger than their parents due to malnutrition and diet-related disease. Hunger and malnutrition are not by-products, but an integral part of the global food system. We desperately need a new food system.
Truly unprocessed food doesn't need to toot its own horn with meaningless call outs and claims, nor is it composed of a litany of ingredients, including artificial flavoring and neon-bright dyes. Above all, remember: The front of a product's packaging is pure marketing -- ingredient lists tell the true tale.
Everyday at around 1:15 p.m., my olfactory senses are assaulted by the midday rewards of dozens of men who have, for the third day in a row, capitulated to the pseudo-Mexican monolith and sauntered back into the office -- chests apuff -- with their epicurean ExtenZe.
Where you eat and what you eat become one in this colorful series by Taubmans Paint Partners and Ross Lusted.