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Meet the 2015 Food and Health Journalism Nominees

Maggie Borden and Alyssa Haak

Maggie Borden and Alyssa Haak

April 07, 2015


We live in the era of the local, organic, gluten-free, and free-range, but what do those buzzwords actually say about the food we eat? The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Food and Health approach the question from the microscopic level, diving into agricultural, bacterial, and nutritional sciences to interrogate our notions of “healthy food.”


Ben Paynter
“Bred to Perfection”

GMO giant Monsanto goes organic: Ben Paynter goes behind the scenes to see how the controversial company’s newest line of vegetables is launched. [Image shown above]

Gretel H. Schueller
“The Wild World Within”

Gretel H. Schueller digs into the guts of human microbiota to understand the bacteria in our bellies and how they impact our health. 

Michael Specter
The New Yorker
“Against the Grain”

Michael Spector examines whether gluten is truly the nutritional super villain that popular culture has made it out to be.

Read all 2015 Awards coverage here.