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Erik Hoffner works for Orion magazine and is also a freelance photographer and writer. Follow him on Twitter: @erikhoffner.

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You might know Tom Colicchio as a Top Chef, but he also seems to be in the running for Top Food Activist.

In addition to being head judge of the Bravo hit reality TV show and chef/owner of Craft Restaurants, Colicchio is an influential advocate for ending hunger and improving the safety and environmental practices of the food system. He is a board member of the nonprofit Food Policy Action, and he recently served as executive producer of A Place at the Table, a film about food insecurity in America directed by his wife, Lori Silverbush.

Colicchio is concerned that different segments of the food movement aren’t coming together to support each other. In fact, he wonders if there’s really a food movement at all.

Among other issues, he’s worried about systematic overuse of antibiotics in the raising of animals, which has been linked to a rise drug-resistant superbugs.

We spoke last week, the day after the U.S. House passed its version of the farm bill.

Q. What got you interested in issues like hunger and food access?

A. Most chefs feel that access to healthy, safe, and affordable food is a right. I was always happy to do my... Read more

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