Sections

Michael Moss at Park Slope Food Co-op

Reporter co-opts the grocery aisle

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Watch out, Coca-Cola — the co-op is coming.

New York Times investigative reporter and Park Slope Food Co-op veteran Michael Moss will bring his four-year exploration into the processed food industry to a reading series at the crunchy grocery store on Jan. 17.

“I like to call it the food you hate to love,” said Moss, whose bestselling 2013 book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” explores how big food companies knowingly contributed to the obesity epidemic by engineering difficult-to-resist treats, laden with fat, sugar, and salt.

Moss said he realizes he is preaching to the choir amongst his fellow kale shoppers, but the free event will also be open to non-members of the grocery store. The talk will also cover shopping strategies for those whose local market is less Park Slope and more Pathmark.

“I think co-op members are in an incredibly enviable position where they have access to incredibly fresh local produce that is relatively inexpensive,” said Moss, who has been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op for about 15 years. “When I talk to co-op members, it is going to be less about their situation because, frankly, they are in close to an ideal situation.”

Moss says his investigation into Big Food yielded two particularly shocking discoveries: the largest food companies in America, such as Nabisco, General Mills, and Kraft, have known all along that they were contributing to the growing obesity problem; and they are even more addicted to the miracle ingredient of salt than we are, because of its ability to mask less tasty flavors inherent to processed food.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist became interested in exposing the corruption of giant food companies after his 2008 return from Algeria, where he says he was reporting on terrorism and Islamic militants until the FBI told him he was on an al-Qaeda hit list. The reporter and his editor decided that he needed to pick a different beat — and before long, he was reporting on an outbreak of salmonella.

“I think that I have done with food what I have done with any subject I have grappled with — which is to put a huge amount of relevancy back into readers’ hands so they feel empowered,” Moss said. “That is my goal in writing any story about any subject.”

Michael Moss at the Park Slope Food Co-op (782 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, www.foodcoop.com). Jan. 17 at 7 pm. Free. Non-members welcome.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019: The article previously stated that "the store will also open its usually exclusive doors to non-members for the free event." Only members may shop at the store, but all events are open to the general public.
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Hey there, Brooklyn Daily reader!

Yes, you’re in the right place — Brooklyn Paper is the new online home of BrooklynDaily.com.

So bookmark this page, and remember check it throughout the day for the latest stories from your neighborhood — and across this great borough of ours.