I haven’t had a lot of time or patience for the food hysteria that took hold of North Americans over the past five years; the ridiculous argument over organic versus local struck me as mostly a replay of the equally ridiculous debate over paper or plastic grocery bags, or incadescent versus fluorescent bulbs. What the whole debate has long needed is someone with a combination of real knowledge and good sense; and he’s finally arrived in the form of Mark Bittman.
There is more wisdom packed into his short piece from last Sunday’s Times than in the truckloads of books published recently. The smarts begins with the title and continues right to the end. Michelle Obama appears to have her head screwed on right as well. Good news all around.