Whether its food porn on Instagram or trolling chefs on Twitter (guilty on both accounts), social media has been a boon for foodie types. But there is more to it than pictures of delectable meals and knowing what your favorite chef is up to. It's important to keep informed about food policy and public health issues, and to keep engaged in discussions about what we eat and where it comes from. To that end, Alexis Deboschnek at First We Feast has laid out a helpful list of influential Twitter users who will help you expand your food policy knowledge. Some of them will be obvious (ever heard of Michelle Obama?), some of them less so. If you want to start schooling people on food issues, following these Twitter accounts is a good place to start:
1. Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio): The Top Chef judge is one of America's most vocal and visible advocates on national hunger and food insecurity.
2. Mark Bittmann (@bittman): The New York Times food columnist and author is a leading champion of sustainable food and public health.
3. Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan): Deboschnek calls the crusading author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" the "grandaddy of food politics." 'Nuff said.
4. Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama): The First Lady is on a mission to end childhood obesity and promote healthy food in schools.
5. Alice Waters (@AliceWaters): For decades, the grand dame of the sustainable food movement has led the push for local, organic, seasonal cuisine.
8. Jonathan Bloom (@WastedFood): America's leading advocate against food waste has helped elevate the issue to national discourse.
10. Michele Simon (@MicheleRSimon): This influential public health lawyer has been a thorn in the side of big food business for nearly twenty years.
(via First We Feast)