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• Mark Bittman, the influential former New York Times food writer who left the paper to work for Purple Carrot, the vegan meal kit startup, and then left the company a few months ago, has joined the faculty of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

GrubStreet reports that Bittman will "teach and advise students as well as work toward broadening the school’s focus on food. In a statement released by Columbia, Bittman emphasized the 'centrality' of food to issues, from 'climate change to the chronic disease crisis, and even poverty'."
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