Mark Bittman

Standing on the doorstep of 2017, we can only wonder which anti-science voices will be the loudest next year, as we consider how best to debunk their anti-science messages... 

We were skeptical of the appointment of Mark Bittman to the faculty of Columbia's School of Public Health last month. This esteemed position will, undoubtedly resurrect his message from its death last year when he left The New York Times. Since leaving his position, we have had a brief respite from hearing the importance of eating vegan and labeling of GMOs. Mr. Bittman (not Dr. Mark Bittman, nor Mark Bittman, Ph.D.) is not only unqualified for such an esteemed appointment (one that academics spend their entire career working toward) but, his prescriptive views on food are simply not obtainable...

A year ago, our president Hank Campbell wrote a commentary when Mark Bittman vacated his post at The New York Times to sell vegan food to the masses. The last paragraph gives a sense of how he feels about Mr. Bittman:

"Still, though we have been critical of his claims in the past, the American Council on Science and Health wishes him well. The country is better off with him trying to sell eggs that contain no eggs than having him trying to use his opinions to shape food policy."

Little did he know, one year later, that Mark Bittman would already have left his position selling no-egg eggs to do exactly what Hank...

School Food - Chicken NuggetsNot that he hasn t been ranting based on nothing more than his own superficial understanding of the food business, economics, or even common sense for some time now, but this week s column clearly indicates that Bittman has crossed some line between fantasy and reality.

The column is entitled Parasites, Killing Their Host. Yes, you read that correctly. Such purple prose (or is it yellow journalism?) has...