Kristin Wartman

Kristin Wartman is a food writer living in Brooklyn. She is a Certified Nutrition Educator and holds a Master's degree in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She focuses on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. You can read more of her writing at and follow her on Twitter.


Mic checking Big Food

The Occupy Big Food rally at Zuccotti Park on Saturday.“Whose food? Our food!” This was the rallying cry at the first Occupy Big Food event on Saturday in Zuccotti Park. The rally, which I led with Erika Lade, a graduate …

Scary Food

Not your grandma's milk

Buying a gallon of milk at the grocery store practically guarantees that you'll get a mixture of substances from all over the country -- and possibly the world.


The hatin' spoonful: Big Food refuses to swallow guidelines

Loathe to give up its authority over American eating habits, Big Food is already pushing back against modest, voluntary guidelines on advertising to children.


Change in season: Why salt doesn’t deserve its bad rap

A good pinch of this won’t do you any harm.For something that’s so often mixed with anti-caking agents, salt takes a lot of lumps in the American imagination. Like fat, people tend to think of it as an unnecessary additive …

Scary Food

Are you enjoying your daily chemical cocktail?

A 1970s-era Monsanto ad.Photo: Christian MontoneChemicals and additives found in the food supply and other consumer products are making headlines regularly as more and more groups raise concern over the safety of these substances. In a statement released this week, …


ADHD: It’s the food, stupid

Over 5 million children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States, and close to 3 million of those children take medication for their symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease …

Scary Food

Breakfast is not so gr-r-reat when your only option is Frosted Flakes

Breakfast cub: Tony the Tiger says start your kid’s day with big bowls of sweetened corn.Photo: Jim BarkerOne in four children goes without breakfast each morning, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a tragedy to be sure — but …

Scary Food

The last days of the low-fat diet fad

The low-fat trend finally appears to be on its way out. The notion that saturated fats are detrimental to our health is deeply embedded in our zeitgeist — but shockingly, the opposite just might be true. For over 50 years …

Sustainable Food

Palin and Bachmann trash Michelle Obama’s breast-feeding advocacy

Photos: Roger H. Goun, Lord Mariser, and Gage Skidmore Once again, the Tea Party heavyweights are using food to cast First Lady Michelle Obama as a proponent for an all-controlling nanny state. Last month, the first lady’s efforts to rein …