Food Justice Series: 2017-2018

In 2017, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Mark Bittman, former New York Times columnist and bestselling author, launched the Food Justice series. See below for information on the guest speakers who joined him during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Why Food Is a Public Health Issue

September 11, 2017

  • Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean and DeLamar Professor of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center, and professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
  • Mark Bittman, author and lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

A Short History of Food and Humans

September 18, 2017

  • Ricardo Salvador, PhD, director and senior scientist for the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Global Food System and Labor

September 25, 2017

  • Leah Penniman, co-director of Soul Fire Farm
  • Greg Asbed, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers/Fair Food Program
  • Jose Oliva, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food and the Environment

October 2, 2017

Climate Change and Food Systems

October 9, 2017


The Challenges of Eating Animals

October 16, 2017

  • Daisy Freund, director of Farm Animal Welfare at ASPCA
  • Bob Martin, program director of the Food System Policy Program for the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Paul Greenberg, bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch 

The Case of Food in NYC

October 23, 2017

  • Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and associate professor of clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

US Food Policy in the Trump Era

October 30, 2017

Food as a Global Commodity

November 6, 2017

  • Timothy A. Wise, director of the Land and Food Rights Program at Small Planet Institute, senior research fellow with the Global Development and Environment Institute's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program at Tufts University, and author of the forthcoming book, Feeding Illusions: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Future of Food
  • Jennifer Clapp, PhD, professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo in Ontario
  • Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of Thousand Currents

The Food Movement, at Home and Abroad

November 13, 2017

  • Nick Saul, co-founder, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada

Regional Food and Policy

November 20, 2017 

  • Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, co-founder and executive board member of Food Policy Action, and head judge and executive producer of Top Chef
  • Paula Daniels, founder of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
  • Kathleen Finlay, president of Glynwood and founder of Pleiades