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In some ways, 2016 was a good year for food journalism: an AP article on slavery in the shrimp industry won the Pulitzer Prize, while the Tampa Bay Times’ investigation of fake “local” menu claims in restaurants riled the social internet. It was the year that saw the viral ascent of an article on ideological disputes between bean-to-bar chocolatiers. But there’s no question that most of the food writing out there focuses heavily on consumption, by objectifying the final outcome—the meal on the plate, the product on the shelf—divorced from, and also at the expense of, the people and processes that created it.
Given that readers are already inundated by mouth-watering images on their Instagram feeds, what makes it difficult to raise questions and capture their critical attention? And why are journalists, as a First We Feast article suggested last year, still tentative about extending their coverage beyond the hedonistic? A dialogue on bringing food media into the 21st century.