Food/agriculture blogging is hard!


This elicited a thread of 106 comments on Facebook, and it’s still not over:
https://www.facebook.com/coturnix/posts/10100984963412339

Over the past few years, I gradually acquired a feeling that Food is one of the most contentious, most poorly researched, and most atrociously reported issues in science, especially among those areas of science that affect us most directly, in our personal and/or political choices and actions. Yet, Food is something that people care about a lot. But it is also a very politicized issue, with wild opinions going rampant and unchecked everywhere, mostly because there is often not solid science to use in counter-arguments. It is all so shady and unclear and at a high-emotion level. Somewhat unwittingly, Christie Wilcox got thrown into the role of our resident “food blogger” on the SciAm blog network, having to study and learn quickly, suffer abuse in the comments, and generally be drawn away from topics she’d rather blog about. I keep looking at existing food bloggers and I like some of them but am not 100% happy with anyone. In the late summer of 2013 or so, I will do some number-crunching to see if I can afford to bring on a food blogger. In the meantime, I will keep looking, and welcome suggestions for existing food bloggers you like (with reasons why). One reason why I have not jumped on hiring any particular person yet, and also why I should perhaps consider a group blog instead of an individual, is that the topic is so complex. It has at least these components:

- ecology/biogeography/climate/conservation
- plant science/animal science/poultry science/horticulture
- evolution/domestication/genetics/bioengineering
- history/agricultural practices/economics/energy
- physiology/toxicology/nutrition/medicine
- public health/policy/politics/propaganda
- media/marketing/misinformation/pseudoscience
- sociology/psychology/fads/attitudes/

I don’t know if any individual person can cover all of this with equal levels of expertise and authority. Yet all of those aspects are related and intertwined and often play together. So even if I get a group blog, the co-bloggers would have to work together well, consult, coordinate, check each others work, not just share the same platform for their individual efforts. Thoughts?

  1. coturnix1 posted this